Initial Unemployment Claims

January 23, 2020 Initial unemployment claims rose 6 thousand in the week ending January 81 to 211 thousand.  The four-week average of claims declined 4 thousand to 213 thousand.  The 4-week average for the week of April 13 of 202 thousand was the lowest for the...

Private Employment

January 10, 2020 Private sector employment rose 139 thousand in December after having surged by 243 thousand in November.  The  3-month moving average of private employment is now 182 thousand.  Thus, the pace of hiring has slowed from 215 thousand per month in 2018,...

Payroll Employment

January 10, 2020 Payroll employment rose 145 thousand in December after having surged by 256 thousand in November.  The  3-month moving average of payroll employment is now 184 thousand.  Thus, the pace of hiring has slowed from 223 thousand per month in 2018, to...

Unemployment Rate

January 10, 2020 The unemployment rate was unchanged in December at 3.5% after having fell 0.1% in November.   At 3.5% the unemployment remains close to its lowest level since December 1969  — almost 50 years ago.  The labor force rose 209 thousand in December. ...

Nonfarm Workweek

January 10, 2020 In any given month employers can boost output by either additional hiring or by lengthening the number of  hours that their employees work.  Payroll employment for December rose 145 thousand.  On average jobs are climbing by about 185 thousand per...