The U.S. economy added only 113,000 jobs in January according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This suggests the dismal December job report was part of trend and not an anomaly caused by snowstorms. CNN reports that economists were hoping the January numbers would be 178,000, so they were very disappointed. The employment rate in January was 6.6%. The lower unemployment rate certainly does not tell the story of how bad the economy is and how weak hiring is. The biggest industry to gain jobs in January was construction, which added 48,000 jobs. Retail was the biggest loser with a loss of 13,000 jobs. Take a look:
The U.S. economy added just 74,000 jobs in December. This was the weakest report in 3 years. This was much less than the 241,000 jobs the economy gained in November and also lower than the 200,000 jobs gain in October. The unemployment rate fell to 6.7%.
The biggest increase in December was retail trade, which added 55,000 jobs. However, this clearly was not enough to make for a good month. Drop include the information industry, which lost 12,000 jobs and the sound recording industry, which lost 14,000. Construction employment fell by 16,000 jobs. Health care employment had a rare drop of 6,000 positions.
Reuters reports that weather played a role in the weakness, such as in construction. A Forbesarticle also says weather was a factor in the December report. However, even without the cold and snowy weather it would not have been a great month.
The economy added 169,000 jobs in August, which is slightly less than the average gain of 184,000 jobs over the past twelve months. The unemployment rate is 7.3%, which is down from 8.1 percent one year ago. Teenagers are still the largest unemployed demographic at 22.7%.
The strongest industry in August was retail trade where 44,000 jobs were added. Retail has added 393,000 jobs in the past 12 months. Health care added 27,000 jobs and professional and business services added 23,000 jobs in August. The motion picture and sound recording industry lost 22,000 jobs in August.
The economy added 162,000 jobs in July. The unemployment rate edged down to 7.4 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says employment rose in retail trade, food services and drinking places, financial activities, and wholesale trade. The unemployment rate is still the highest for teenagers by far at 23.7%.
The biggest gains came in retail trade, which added 47,000 jobs and July. Retail has added 352,000 jobs in the past 12 months. Leisure and hospitality added 38,000 jobs. This category has added 381,000 jobs in the past 12 months.
Employment gains for May and June were revised downward by 26,000 jobs. ABC News reports that July's jobs report was short of expectations. However, there are some positive signs with an uptick in the housing market and some cities hiring firefighters. Take a look:
The employment situation looks slightly improved with the June 2013 number. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 195,000 jobs were added in June. The biggest job increases were in leisure and hospitality. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.6 percent. The number of long-term unemployed (jobless for 27 weeks or more) was essentially unchanged at 4.3 million.
Here are some highlights from the report:
Leisure and hospitality added 75,000 jobs in June
Employment in professional and business services rose by 53,000.
Retail trade employment increased by 37,000.
Health care continued to add jobs in June, with a gain of 20,000.
Employment in financial activities rose by 17,000.
Federal government employment fell by 5,000. It is down 65,000 over the past 12 months.
The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for April and May were revised upward. April was revised from +149,000 to +199,000, and May was increased
from +175,000 to +195,000.
It is starting to look a little better for jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the U.S. added 165,000 jobs in April. The unemployment remained unchanged at 7.5%.
The biggest gains were in professional and business services, which added 73,000 jobs and in leisure and hospitality, which added 38,000 jobs. Retail trade employment added 29,000 jobs.
There were also some positive revisions. The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for February was revised from +268,000 to +332,000, and the change for March was revised from +88,000 to +138,000.
The March 2013 jobs report raises fresh concerns about the economy. Once again there is reason to be concerned that future jobs report and the overall economy could go negative as we fall back into a recession. Only 88,000 jobs were created in March according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. ABC Newssays economists were expecting about 190,000. The unemployment rate held steady at 7.6%. This was the worst jobs report in nine months.
The biggest gain was in professional and business services, which climbed by 51,000. Health care employment was up 23,000 and construction employment was up 18,000. Retail trade fell the most with a drop of 24,000 jobs in March. Take a look:
April's Fool's: Google's Levity Algorithm Helps Liven Up Office Meetings
Google has launched the Levity Algorithm on April 1st. The app helps liven up boring office meeetings, presentations and communications.
You know the drill. Dreary two hour meetings you can't wait to escape. Emails that go on forever without getting to the point. Another invite to a meeting with no clear purpose. Today we're introducing the Levity Algorithm in Google Apps to help you spice up even the most boring of work days.
The app also helps liven up business emails and presentations. Take a look:
Home Depot Plans to Hire 80,000 Associates for Spring Season
Home Depot is anticipating a busy spring. The retailer plans to hire 80,000 new employees - part-time and full-time - for the spring season. CNN/Money notes that this is 10,000 more associates than Home Depot hired last spring.
Tim Crow, executive vice president of Human Resources for Home Depot, said in a statement, "Spring is always a special season for us, when we can offer employment opportunities for literally tens of thousands of Americans. We find some of our best associates during our peak season, and many of them have built long, meaningful careers with us."
The economy added 155,000 jobs in December according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.8 percent. Employment increased in health care, food services and drinking places, construction, and manufacturing.
As has been the recent trend, the biggest increases were in health care, which added 45,000 jobs. Health care employment grew by 338,000 jobs last year.
Food servies and drinking places jobs were up 38,000 in December 2012. Consturction added 30,000 jobs and manufacturing added 25,000 jobs. Take a look:
November was another mediocre month for the U.S. economy. The economy added 146,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7%. If the economy were healthy we would be expecting job creation in the 250,000 to 300,000 range, but at least it was plus 100,000 number.
Hurricane Sandy was not much of a factor in November in employment. The U.S. Department of Labor noted in the report that "Hurricane Sandy did not substantively impact the national employment and unemployment estimates for November."
Rebecca Jarvis reports for CBS News that the reason the unemployment rate fell is because people gave up on looking for work, which is depressing. Gains came in retail, professional services and health care. Take a look:
Economy Adds 114,000 Jobs in September. July and August Revised Upward
There was a little bit of good news in the September job report from the Labor Department. 114,000 jobs were added in September. July and August were also revised upward by a total of 86,000 jobs. This makes for an average of 146,000 jobs created per month between July and September. It is an improvement and it is looking better than the first six months of the year as you can see on a chart here from the Wall Stret Journal. However, it is still shy of the 250,000 to 300,000 range we really need to pull out of the slump. The U.S. unemployment rate also fell to 7.8%. It will be interesting to see if retailers can help provide an additional boost with their holiday hiring. Take a look:
Department of Labor Calculates Most Dangerous Jobs
The Department of Labor has calculated the deadliest jobs in America. The Department of Labor used jobs per 100,000 workers to rank the deadliest jobs. The Wall Street Journal reports on the list, which includes jobs that involves use of heavy equipment and power tools. Here is the list with the number of deaths per 100,000 workers:
Take a look:
The BLS also has a report on fatal occupational injuries in 2011 here.
The economy added 163,000 jobs in July 2012. This was much better than the last three months and could help ease concerns the economy is slipping back into a recession. However, the unemployment rate climbed to 8.3%. 163,000 jobs is still much fewer than we need. The economy should really be creating about 300,000 jobs a month if we are ever going to recover. Another concern is that many of the new jobs seem to be low-paying or temporary jobs and not the full-time high paying jobs people really need.
CBS News business and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis says there have been 41 straight months with the unemployment rate at 8% or higher. Take a look:
June was another weak month for hiring in the United States. The economy managed a very unimpressive gain of 80,000 jobs in June. This is almost identical to the meager 77,000 jobs created in May. The last three months have been disappointing and there are concerns negative numbers could appear again in the months ahead.
There was a noteworthy slow down in Q2. In the second quarter, employment growth averaged just 75,000 per month, compared with an average monthly gain of 226,000 for the first quarter of the year.
The unemployment rate was steady at 8.2%, however CNN/Money reports that the underemployment rate rose to 14.9% in June.
The strongest category in June was professional and business services which added 47,000 jobs.