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What You Need to Know About the May Jobs Report

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You’ve heard the headline figures: the American economy added 138,000 jobs in May and unemployment sank to 4.3%. Now let’s go a little deeper to examine some of the other figures from the report and some of its implications for the economy as a whole and for future hiring. What You Need to Know About […]

5 Lessons From the March Jobs Report to Remember All Year

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On Friday April 7 the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its March jobs report. At 98,000 jobs added and steep downward revisions to January and February, the report was a disappointment to market watchers and other analysts. It failed to really it as a political disappointment though, with so much other news dominating headlines.   […]

Looking Forward to the September Jobs Report

The September BLS jobs report will drop on Friday, October 7. With only one week to go and the US election heating up, I thought it was time for a look back on recent months and a look forward to our next report — what economic trends should we watch for, and what should we hope […]

August Jobs Report: Let’s Talk Labour Statistics for Labour Day

The August jobs report fell short of expectations but the news wasn’t all bad. The American economy added 151,000 jobs last month — not quite the 180,000 economists predicted. Unemployment held steady at 4.9%, labour participation at 62.9% and employment-population ratio at 59.7%. However, wage growth lost the progress seen in previous months, dropping to […]

Why Was the May Jobs Report So Bad? Job Postings Went Down

Why Was the May Jobs Report So Bad? Job Postings Went Down Yesterday the Bureau of Labour Statistics released the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) for May and the news shouldn’t come as a surprise: job openings declined sharply to 5.5 million in May. The initial BLS Jobs Report for May, released in June, […]

June Jobs Report: 287,000 New Jobs, But Unemployment Up

After a shocking May jobs report, economists, employment experts and market analysts were eagerly awaiting the June numbers, delayed a week due to the July 4th holiday. This is the first BLS jobs report to come out after the Brexit vote sent markets into a panic, though its data was gathered during the lead up to […]