Jobs Market

The jobs market consists of employees and employers searching for and trying to attain a match for employment within a firm. The jobs market is not static, but is constantly changing as the needs of companies change over time. New technology means a different skill level in the workforce, demanding people within the jobs market upgrade their skills to remain employable. Conversely, if there is a shortage of workers in a specific area, then wages will rise for that sector. As with any market, the price (wages) is set by supply and demand.


The U.S. jobs market is fundamentally tormented. The job numbers look great on the surface but underneath, there are major problems. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. unemployment rate declined from 5.7% in January of 2015…

On Friday, from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, we learned that the U.S. economy added 271,000 jobs in October and the official unemployment rate is now down to five percent, its lowest level since 2008. The average analyst expectation…

This past Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported only 142,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in September. And August’s figure was revised lower from 173,000 previously reported jobs created to an actual number of only 136,000 jobs.…

Here we go again. Just when the stock market is moving lower and forecasting a potential correction, we see buying emerging, driving the bears back to the woods. The reality is that I was looking for the S&P 500 to…

Finally, some good news for the U.S. economy? Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 248,000 jobs were created in the U.S. economy in September, pushing the unemployment rate down to 5.9% from 6.1% the previous month. (Source:…

Six years ago this month, in the midst of the Great Recession, Lehman Brothers, one of the most well-known investment banks in the U.S. economy, filed for bankruptcy. At the time, Lehman’s bankruptcy sparked widespread worries…and the U.S. financial system…

A week ago today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its jobs market report for the month of August. To say the very least, there was nothing in that report that says the labor market in the U.S. economy…

In spite of some doom and gloom scenarios for the housing market, so far it has been full steam ahead as the sector continues to blaze along since bouncing out of the Great Recession in 2008. With interest rates and mortgage…

According to Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen, “More jobs have now been created in the recovery than were lost in the downturn… the unemployment rate, at 6.2% in July, has declined nearly 4 percentage points from its late 2009 peak.” (Source:…

The housing market picked up steam in July after some stalling in the first half of the year, which was negatively affected by bad winter conditions in the first quarter. Housing starts surged 15.7% to a seasonally adjusted 1.09 million…

Yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 317 points, while the NASDAQ Composite Index fell 93 points—respective losses of about two percent per index. This morning, stock market futures are down again. As a reader of Profit Confidential, this “rout”…

One week ago today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 288,000 jobs were added to the U.S. jobs market in April. The unemployment rate fell to 6.3% from 6.7 % in March. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2, 2014.)…

Boy…did investors ever get excited about Friday’s jobs market report. In case you haven’t heard, in March, 192,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy. The chart below shows stock market investor reaction after March’s jobs market report was released…

The current stock market sentiment is bullish and based on the charts, there are indications that the market wants to go higher, especially technology and small-cap stocks. The S&P 500 is eyeing another record-high and it may just reach it…

New York City is a colossal urban jungle, but what strikes me is the surging housing market rental prices in not only Manhattan, but also the strong price appreciation in the borough of Brooklyn. Average home prices peaked around $550,000…

This past Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 175,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in the month of February. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 7, 2014.) The way the media reported it… “Friday’s jobs market report…