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BLS Jobs Report for March 2014: Four Troubling Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ March 2014 job report offered fairly positive news – 192,000 payroll employees joined the workforce, and unemployment (6.7 percent) is not increasing. However, Politix points out a few facts from the report that many media outlets are might have overlooked (among them, increasing unemployment for women and disproportionately high unemployment among black people). … Read the rest

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report, Week Ending March 29

In the week ending March 29, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 326,000, an increase of 16,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 310,000. The 4-week moving average was 319,500, an increase of 250 from the previous week’s revised average of 319,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent for the week ending March 22, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week’s revised rate. The advance number for seasonally … Read the rest

BLS: March 2014 Payroll Rises by 192,000; Unemployment Unchanged (6.7%)

THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MARCH 2014

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 192,000 in March, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Employment grew in professional and business services, in health care, and in mining and logging.

Household Survey Data

In March, the number of unemployed persons was essentially unchanged at 10.5 million, and the unemployment rate held at 6.7 percent. Both measures have shown little movement since December 2013. … Read the rest

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February: Nonfarm Payroll Employment Increased by 175,000; Unemployment Unchanged (6.7%)

THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — FEBRUARY 2014

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 175,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Employment increased in professional and business services and in wholesale trade but declined in information.

Household Survey Data

Both the number of unemployed persons (10.5 million) and the unemployment rate (6.7 percent) changed little in February. The jobless rate has shown little movement since December. Over the … Read the rest

Gallup: Midwestern, Western States Report Highest Levels of Well-Being in 2013

According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Midwestern and Western states tended to enjoy the highest well-being in the nation in 2013. The poll measures well-being as defined by six factors: life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors and access to basic necessities. 

The ten states that enjoyed the highest sense of well-being:

  1. North Dakota
  2. South Dakota
  3. Nebraska
  4. Minnesota
  5. Montana
  6. Vermont 
  7. Colorado
  8. Hawaii
  9. Washington
  10. Iowa

For further information, read Gallup’s analysis of the survey data.… Read the rest

Poll: Women Less Likely Than Men To Earn Extended Paid Leave

Women are less likely to receive paid leave than their male counterparts, according to a survey commissioned by American Women, the Rockefeller Family Fund, and the National Partnership for Women & Families. Women are also more likely to take unpaid leave. For more information, view Huffington Post’s write-up of the survey results.… Read the rest

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report, Week Ending February 1

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending February 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 331,000, a decrease of 20,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 351,000. The 4-week moving average was 334,000, an increase of 250 from the previous week’s revised average of 333,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending January 25, unchanged from the prior week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemploymentRead the rest

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report, Week Ending December 28

In the week ending December 28, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 339,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 341,000. The 4-week moving average was 357,250, an increase of 8,500 from the previous week’s revised average of 348,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent for the week ending December 21, unchanged from the prior week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the … Read the rest

DOL Reports Consistent Employment Growth in 2013

Though it concedes that December 2013 job growth was slower than predicted, the U.S. Department of Labor holds that employment opportunities consistently expanded in 2013.… Read the rest