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Hiring Weakens in January, but Job Market Still Healthy

February 5, 2016 No Comments

Although employment growth slowed down last month, many other elements of the jobs report were solid. The economy created 151,000 new jobs in January, the Labor Department reported today. In contrast, 262,000 jobs were added in December, and 280,000 were created in November, according to revised data. Last month, employment gains were seen in retail […]

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2015 Ends with Strong Hiring

January 8, 2016 No Comments

Employers were busy creating jobs in December, with especially strong gains in temporary work and other professional services, according to the latest government data. The U.S. economy generated 292,000 jobs last month, exceeding the predictions of economists. For the third straight month, the jobless rate stayed at 5 percent, the Labor Department reported. The professional […]

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Employment Increasing at Strong Pace

December 4, 2015 No Comments

The latest jobs report shows that employers have been hiring at a healthy rate. In November, U.S. payrolls rose by 211,000, powered by widespread growth. The labor force gained 273,000 people, while the jobless rate stayed at 5 percent, the Labor Department reported today. One industry that had a good month was construction, which added […]

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Solid Jobs Data Seen in October

November 6, 2015 No Comments

Following a downbeat September jobs report, the news from October is much brighter. Payroll growth beat economists’ predictions, while the unemployment rate fell to a level not seen for years. Employment growth for last month was 271,000, driven by gains in a number of industries, the Labor Department reported today. In a Bloomberg survey of […]

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Worrisome Numbers in September Jobs Report

October 2, 2015 No Comments

The government has released the initial jobs tally for September, along with revised jobs data for the previous two months — and the numbers don’t look very good. Last month, payrolls rose by 142,000 — well below the 200,000 median forecast in a Bloomberg survey. For July and August, revised employment numbers show 59,000 fewer jobs than […]

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Mixed Picture Emerges from New Jobs Report

September 4, 2015 No Comments

Job growth was lower than expected in August, and the labor force declined, according to figures released today. On the other hand, wages rose, and job growth for previous months was revised upward. The economy gained 173,000 new jobs last month, the Labor Department reported today. That fell short of expectations, though. In a Bloomberg survey […]

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Employers Create 215,000 Jobs in July

August 7, 2015 No Comments

The unemployment rate stayed at 5.3 percent last month as the economy generated 215,000 new jobs, the Labor Department announced today. For May and June, the government revised job gains upward. For those two months combined, there were 14,000 more jobs than earlier reported. “The report, in line with expectations, shows overall a solid performance […]

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Mixed Jobs Report Sends Message to Employers

July 2, 2015 No Comments

Although payrolls increased by 223,000 last month and the jobless rate fell to a seven-year low, the new employment report contains some worrisome signs. Unemployment declined from 5.5 percent to 5.3 percent in June, the Labor Department reported today. However, that drop was driven by a 432,000 decline in the labor force. The labor-force participation […]

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Labor Department Tackling Barriers to Paternity Leave

June 25, 2015 No Comments

It’s an unexpected blog post for a public figure who deals with cold, hard labor statistics. In a recent post titled “The Best Father’s Day Gift,” Labor Secretary Tom Perez paints a very personal portrait of the fathers who work in the agency – and the very real struggles they face balancing careers and family. […]

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May Job Creation Tops Expectations

June 5, 2015 No Comments

The government has released the initial tally of jobs for May, and it’s higher than economists had predicted. Last month, the economy added 280,000 jobs, the U.S. Labor Department reported today. The consensus forecast for May was 224,000, according to IHS Global Insight. Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

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