Category Archives: Statistics

2013 Unemployment Rate Declines

The unemployment rate declined from 7.0 percent to 6.7 percent in December, while total nonfarm payroll employment edged up (+74,000), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment rose in retail trade and wholesale trade but was down in information.

Household Survey Data

The number of unemployed persons declined by 490,000 to 10.4 million in December, and the unemployment rate declined by 0.3 percentage point to 6.7 percent. Over the year, the number of unemployed persons and the … Read the rest

November unemployment rate declines (7.0%), payroll employment increases (+203,000)

The unemployment rate declined from 7.3 percent to 7.0 percent in November, and total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 203,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Employment increased in transportation and warehousing, health care, and manufacturing.

Household Survey Data

Both the number of unemployed persons, at 10.9 million, and the unemployment rate, at 7.0 percent, declined in November. Among the unemployed, the number who reported being on temporary layoff decreased by 377,000. This largely reflects the return to … Read the rest

Quit While You’re Ahead: Most Americans Don’t Want to Live to 120

Would you want to live to 120 if treatment could slow aging? Most Americans say “No thanks,” says a Pew Research Center survey. Still half were OK with 90; only 9 percent wanted to live past 100.

Source:  AARP Bulletin, October 2013, Vol. 54 No. 8Read the rest

DOL Publishes Employment Data for October 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor has published unemployment data for October 2013.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 204,000 in October, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 7.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in leisure and hospitality, retail trade, professional and technical services, manufacturing, and health care.

Household Survey Data

Both the number of unemployed persons, at 11.3 million, and the unemployment rate, at 7.3 percent, changed little in October. Among … Read the rest

Survey Finds Nearly One in Five Americans Expect Never to Retire

NEW YORK, Sep 18, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Working until you drop is no longer confined to the pages of Victorian novels according to the sobering findings of a new report published today by HSBC. The study discovered that nearly one in five (18%) working-age Americans expect they will never be able to afford to completely retire, believing that circumstances will require them to work indefinitely. This compares to an international average of around one in eight (12%).

This latest … Read the rest

Anonymity, Privacy and Security Online

In a survey of 792 internet users, 86 percent have taken steps to mask or remove their digital footprints, and 55 percent have attempted to avoid observation by specific people or organizations (including the U.S. government). A fifth of respondents have had email or social networking accounts hacked. 

Read more about this survey at the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project website. … Read the rest

August payroll employment increases (+169,000); unemployment rate little changed (7.3%)

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 169,000 in August and the unemployment rate was little changed at 7.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment rose in retail trade and health care but declined in information.

Household Survey Data

Both the number of unemployed persons, at 11.3 million and the unemployment rate, at 7.3 percent, changed little in August. The jobless rate is down from 8.1 percent a year ago. (See table A-1.)

Among the major worker … Read the rest

DOL Publishes Employment Data for August 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor has published unemployment data for August 2013.

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending August 31, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 323,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 332,000. The 4-week moving average was 328,500, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week’s revised average of 331,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week … Read the rest

DOL Publishes Employment Data for July 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor has published unemployment insurance data for July 2013.

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending August 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 333,000, an increase of 5,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 328,000. The 4-week moving average was 335,500, a decrease of 6,250 from the previous week’s revised average of 341,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending July 27, unchanged … Read the rest

Study: Unattractive People More Likely to Face Workplace Bullying

Results of a new study suggest that unattractive people are more likely to be treated cruelly by co-workers.

In the study, published in academic journal Human Performance, 114 employees of a health care facility were asked how often they were treated rudely or hurtfully by their coworkers. A separate group of study volunteers viewed photographs of these 114 employees and rated each employee’s attractiveness. Researchers found that employees who had been rated less attractive were more likely to … Read the rest