Every month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases information regarding the number of jobs created and the unemployment situation in the U.S. economy. This report is also called the non-farm payrolls reading, since it does not include farm-related employment. It is usually released on the first Friday of each month.
The job numbers make up one of the most important data sets in trying to understand the strength or weakness of an economy. If the job numbers are improving, this means more people are being employed and the economy is gaining strength. If the job numbers are weakening, or there are outright job losses, this is an extremely troubling sign for the economy.
Since the financial crisis, job numbers in the U.S. economy have been mediocre and some troubling trends have been forming—such as a rise in part-time work, job creation in low-wage sectors, limited work that pays well, an increase in discouraged workers, and a significant number of Americans not partaking in the labor force. If the job numbers remain this dismal, they could have a significant impact on consumption—and essentially the overall U.S. economy.
The U.S. job market showed further signs of improvement with unemployment claims dropping to 281,000 for the week ended July 11th. The number reflected a decrease of 15,000 from the previous week’s 296,600 claims. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor, July 16, 2015.)Less than 300,000 people were let go during each of the last 19 weeks,. Read More
Today, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the number of job openings rose to 5.4 million on the last business day of April, the highest since the series began in December 2000. (Source: U.S Department of Labor, June 9, 2015.)April’s numbers were up from five million job openings in March. The job openings rate for. Read More
On Friday, June 5, 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 280,000 in May, and the unemployment rate rose to 5.5% from 5.4% in April. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 5, 2015.)Job gains took place in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality,. Read More
The U.S. weekly jobless claims, for the week ending May 30, totaled 276,000 vs. the estimated 280,000. The most recent figures marked the 13th straight week of the claims being below 300,000.Weekly initial jobless claims came in at 276,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s numbers. Read More
There are issues brewing in the stock market with interest rates fears and the strengthening greenback that could drive the S&P 500 lower by five percent or more.When Will the Fed Increase Interest Rates?First, we have the fears surrounding rising interest rates after the strong improvement in the unemployment rate to a pre-recession. Read More