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    January Jobs Report: Few Signs of a Thaw

    In January, the economy added 113,000 new jobs and the headline unemployment rate dipped to 6.6 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The survey of households shows very good news, namely a large increase in the number of people employed. The employment-population ratio reached 58.8 percent, matching its … More

    Garbage Collecting a Green Job? According to Government, Yes!

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released yet another green jobs report that has green advocates gushing in ways they couldn’t if they actually read past the first page. As we have noted (here, here, here, and here), the BLS definition of green jobs is so bizarre that the total … More

    U.S. Shed 9,000 Mining, Energy Jobs in October, 17,000 Since May

    Buried in Friday’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report on the country’s unemployment situation was this disheartening fact: 9,000 employees of the mining and resource extraction sector lost their jobs in October. That brings total job losses in that sector to 17,000 since May, according to BLS. The Bureau, which is … More

    Morning Bell: Unemployment Rate Inches Back Up

    The October jobs report essentially agrees with the rest of the current data on the economy—the economy is growing slowly, too slowly to bring down unemployment rapidly. In fact, the unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent in October and the economy created about 171,000 jobs, roughly equal to the usual … More

    September Jobs Report Shows Imports Create Jobs

    The jobs report is out, and it reveals more than you may think. While President Obama seems to believe that exports alone will grow us out of the recession, the report indicates something much different: that imports are helping create lots of jobs. In September, the economy created 25,000 jobs … More

    The Odd September Unemployment Rate: When Good Surveys Produce False Results

    What’s behind the seemingly sudden drop in the unemployment rate? While the economy stumbles along, no one would expect a sudden jump in employment. Job growth has averaged about 100,000 per month over the past six months, roughly consistent with other economic indicators suggesting slow growth. But the Labor Department … More

    Morning Bell: Anemic Job Growth Continues

    Job growth continues to sputter—this morning’s jobs report shows that 12.1 million Americans are still out of work. Going against other economic indicators, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent. Economists are already looking into the drop, saying it seems to be a statistical fluke, because it doesn’t match up … More

    Morning Bell: Has Any Administration Policy NOT Killed Jobs Lately?

    Congress has headed off for its long vacation-and-campaign season, fleeing Washington as the unemployment rate rises. According to the Labor Department’s July jobs report, the unemployment rate ticked up to 8.3 percent, 12.8 million Americans are out of work, and 5.2 million have been out of work for at least … More

    Morning Bell: Jobs, Unemployment Stuck

    Today’s jobs report is a broken record, with the unemployment rate stuck at 8.2 percent. The Department of Labor reports that only 80,000 jobs were added in June—consistent with other data revealing the economy has downshifted from slow to slower. This picture is starkly different from the economy President Obama … More

    Morning Bell: Unemployment Rises Again

    For those hoping for good economic news out of Washington today, they’re in for a terrible disappointment. According to the latest jobs report from the Department of Labor, the economy created only 69,000 jobs in May — well below expectations — while the unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent, and … More