US Employers Posted More Jobs in January; Quitting Jumped

March 16, 2017

“The pattern is consistent with the trend in employment growth remaining strong—more than strong enough to keep the unemployment rate trending down,” said Jim O’Sullivan, chief US economist at High Frequency Economics, in a note to clients. […]

US Weekly Jobless Claims Rise Less Than Expected

February 16, 2017

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased less than expected last week, a sign that the labor market was continuing to tighten. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted […]

US Jobless Claims Fall to Near 43-Year Low

February 9, 2017

The labor market is at or close to full employment, with the unemployment rate at 4.8 percent. It hit a more than nine-year low of 4.6 percent in November. The economy created 227,000 jobs in January. Claims have now remained below 300,000, a threshold associated with a strong labor market, for 101 […]

US Starts Year with Job Surge, but Pay Gains are Weak

February 3, 2017

Job growth was quick out of the gate in the new year, as employers added a healthy 227,000 workers to their payrolls in January. But despite a surge of local minimum-wage increases in states across the country, wage growth was meager. […]

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