unemployment Archive

State and Metro Employment in January 2015

A job is virtually guaranteed in Midland (Texas), Lincoln (Nebraska), and Ames (Iowa), where the unemployment rate is under 3 percent. The unemployment rate can be misleading about the health of the local economy at times.  If, for example,...

Labor Mobility

American dynamism is springing up as more workers are getting hired and more are voluntarily quitting old jobs.  The changing of jobs in some cases requires a change in residence and therefore buying a new home.  The rise in...

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...

Unemployment Insurance Claims Below 300K Benchmark for Week of Sept 20

Initial claims for unemployment insurance filed in the week ended September 20 increased slightly to 293,000. The increase of 12,000 can be considered as normal volatility and does not fully wipe out the gains of the previous week, when...

July Employment Report

Solid job gains of 209,000 in July, bringing the 12-month tally to 2.6 million.  Job gains will be critical for home sales and commercial leasing activity in what will inevitably be a rising interest rate environment ahead. Construction related...