Employment Archive

2014 Year-End Employment Summary

Job gains accelerated in the second half of 2014.  The latest monthly data showed 252,000 net new payroll job additions in December.  Over the last 12 months, that total net of new jobs comes to a cool 3 million. ...

Metro and State Employment Conditions

The U.S. economy has added 2.7 million net new jobs or by 2.0 percent over the past 12 months to November.  At the state level, North Dakota continues to be the top standout.  Texas and Utah are also red...

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...