Initial Unemployment Claims

December 12, 2019 Initial unemployment claims rose 49 thousand in the week ending December 7 to 252 thousand.  The four-week average of claims rose 6 thousand to 224 thousand.  The 4-week average for the week of April 13 of 202 thousand was the lowest for the current...

Private Employment

December 6, 2019 Payroll employment surged by 254 thousand in November.  At the same time employment for October was revised upwards by 32 thousand to 163 thousand, and the September increase was revised upwards by 16 thousand to 183 thousand.  The November increase...

Payroll Employment

December 6, 2019 Payroll employment surged by 266 thousand in November.  At the same time employment for October was revised upwards by 28 thousand to 156 thousand, and the September increase was revised upwards by 13 thousand to 193 thousand.  The November increase...

Unemployment Rate

December 6, 2019 The unemployment rate fell 0.1% in November to 3.5% after having risen 0.1% in October.   At 3.5% the unemployment remains close to its lowest level since December 1969  — almost 50 years ago.  The labor force rose 40 thousand in November.  The...

Nonfarm Workweek

December 6, 2019 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 November rose 266 thousand but that includes 42 thousand G.M. workers that were on...