Employment Archive

Employment Growth

After faltering in August, headline payroll employment growth snapped back in September with the addition of 248,000 jobs.  What’s more, the August figure was revised upward by 38,000 jobs. The unemployment rate eased to 5.9% as a result, the...

The Latest Employment Numbers

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed the surprise of only 142,000 jobs added to the economy in August, ending the six-month streak of net job growth above 200,000.  Mixed revisions to June and July data subtracted...

Unemployment Insurance Claims Average 302,000 in August 2014

Two pieces of job-related data released today for the month of August indicate that the job market continues to improve solidly: the normal level of unemployment insurance claims and solid creation in payroll jobs. First, initial claims for unemployment...

Metro and State Employment Conditions – July 2014

Red-hot job market conditions exist in North Dakota, Texas, Utah, Nevada, and Delaware. Job growth rates in these states are running roughly twice as fast as the national average. At the other end of the spectrum, Alaska, New Mexico,...

Unemployment Insurance Claims

Initial claims for unemployment insurance filed under the regular state programs during the week ended August 9 rose to 311,000, an increase of 21,000 from the previous week’s level. The trend has generally been downward so the spike may...