Private Employment

April 3, 2020 Private employment declined 713 thousand in March after having risen 242 thousand in March.  Given the sharp drop in employment in that month, the National Bureau of Economic Research will probably conclude that the expansion ended in February 2020 and...

Payroll Employment

April 3, 2020 Payroll employment declined 701 thousand in March after having risen 275 thousand in March.  Given the sharp drop in employment in that month, the National Bureau of Economic Research will probably conclude that the expansion ended in February 2020 and...

Unemployment Rate

April 3, 2020 The unemployment rate unexpectedly jumped 0.9% in March from 3.5% to 4.4%.  The labor force fell 1,633 thousand in March.  Apparently, some of those workers who lost jobs gave up looking for another one because they knew it was unlikely to happen, or...

Nonfarm Workweek

April 3, 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 March fell 701 thousand as restaurants and bars closed, retail jobs declined, doctors and...

Average Duration of Unemployment

April 3, 2020 The average duration of unemployment plunged by 3.8 weeks in March from 20.9 weeks to 17.1.  This is because the BLS reported that 3.5 million workers have now been unemployed “less than 5 weeks” compared to 2.0 million who were in that...