Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate represents the percentage of the total workforce, between the working ages of 15-64, who are unemployed, but who are actively seeking work, in a specified period (monthly or yearly usually). It is calculated by dividing the number of unemployed individuals by those currently working, in a specified period. This is a closely watched measure for governments around the world, because it is a key gauge of how economies are performing.

A very low unemployment rate signals a strong economy and is used as a barometer for wage inflation and capacity utilization. A very high unemployment rate is a sign of a weak economy, including slacking capacity and falling wages.

Unemployment Rate: March Job Report Says U.S. Economy Still Fragile

By Thursday, April 30, 2015

Unemployment rateIn early April, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported a 126,000 increase in nonfarm jobs and an unemployment rate of 5.5%. Does this mean the U.S. economy is improving? (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 3, 2015.)
The unemployment rate has certainly improved from its 10% standing in September 2009. Because of the currently low-declining unemployment rate, many analysts are saying the U.S…. Read More

U.S. Economy: These Three Data Points Show Growth Has Stopped

By Monday, April 13, 2015

Economic growth stoppedIf you think the U.S. economy is improving, this story says that, truth be told, it’s the complete opposite for the economy, as recent data suggest there is no growth.
U.S. Economy’s Jobs Market Tormented
In March of this year, only 126,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy. That’s well below the increase of 264,000 jobs in the previous month, less than half the average of 260,000 a month over the last 12 months, and below the 250,000 jobs analysts were expecting…. Read More

U.S. Jobless Claims Low, but Labor Market Still in Turmoil

By Saturday, April 4, 2015

U.S. Jobless Claims LowThe U.S. Department of Labor released its latest weekly unemployment insurance claims data on March 26, 2015. Seasonally adjusted U.S. jobless claims fell again to 282,000, their lowest level since mid-February, and have been in decline since their peak level of 665,000 claims in March of 2009. Despite this, wages are stagnant and underemployment is rampant as the U.S…. Read More

2015 Predictions: U.S. Dollar to Collapse?

By Wednesday, April 1, 2015

U.S. Dollar Collapse 2015The value of the U.S. dollar is anchored in trust. As a fiat currency, the U.S. dollar isn’t linked to any physical reserves, like gold or silver; it’s just paper. For the U.S. dollar to be worth anything, it has to be backed by an economy people have faith in. Otherwise, the U.S. dollar would collapse… Read More.
Regardless of its intentions, the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing (QE) experiment has left America with many unintended consequences, namely a devalued U.S.

U.S. Economy to Enter Recession by 2016?

By Friday, March 13, 2015

US Economy recession 2016Don’t buy into the false optimism. While the mainstream media and economists are convinced there’s prosperity, I am concerned the U.S. economy will enter a recession in late 2015 or early 2016.
The simple fact is that consumer spending is the biggest factor driving the U.S. economy, and it is presently experiencing its own recession.
Retail Sales Declining, Store Inventory Increasing
Wholesale sales in the U.S…. Read More

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