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Job Report in US (August 2020) – Employment rose by 1.4 million and unemployment fell to 8.4 percent

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 1.4 million in August, and the unemployment rate fell to 8.4 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. These improvements in the labor market reflect the continued resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it. In August, an increase … Continue reading

COVID-19 Downturn in UK – What can previous recessions tell us ?

Understanding what we can and cannot learn from previous recessions is important for the current downturn- there are some similarities, but also some marked distinctions. The starkest difference is the occurrence of a discrete, immediate lockdown of some sectors. This contrasts with the archetypical recession in which economic activity slows down continuously, as firms shut … Continue reading

Covid and Change in Payroll Employment by Sector in US – A chart

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story @ Hutchins Roundup: Student debt, consumer spending, and more

Job Market in Canada – Still has long way to go despite jobs bounce says CIBC’s Benjamin Tal

CIBC Deputy Chief Economist Benjamin Tal speaks with Financial Post’s Larysa Harapyn about the latest Canadian unemployment numbers, and what might happen as the government transitions CERB recipients into an updated EI program.

Job Report in Canada (July 2020) – Employment rose by 419,000 (+2.4%), within 1.3 million (-7.0%) of its pre-COVID February level

Employment continues to rebound in July From February to April, 5.5 million Canadian workers were affected by the COVID-19 economic shutdown. This included a drop in employment of 3.0 million and a COVID-related increase in absences from work of 2.5 million. Employment rose by 419,000 (+2.4%) in July, compared with 953,000 (+5.8%) in June. Combined with gains of 290,000 in May, this brought employment to within 1.3 million (-7.0%) of … Continue reading

Job Report in US (June 2020) – Employment rose by 4.8 million, still down nearly 14.7 million jobs since February, and unemployment rate declined to 11.1 percent

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 4.8 million in June, and the unemployment rate declined to 11.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. These improvements in the labor market reflected the continued resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed in March and April due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts … Continue reading

COVID and the Economy in US – CBO projects that over the 11-year horizon, cumulative real output will be $7.9 trillion lower

The two largest differences between the two forecasts result from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in reducing output and the legislation enacted between January and early May in response, which partly offsets that reduction. Real GDP The revised forecast for nominal GDP reflects a significant markdown in CBO’s projection of real (inflation-adjusted) production … Continue reading

Bringing Jobs Back in US – 6 elements of a strategy

Despite repeated warnings, America’s industrial base has been whittled away by corporations offshoring work to Mexico, China, and other countries. The offshoring of much-needed medical equipment in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic heightens the urgency to bring these supply chains home. While U,S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s recent op-ed heralding an end to “the … Continue reading

COVID and Job Report in US (April 2020) – Employment fell by 20.5 million in one month

Total nonfarm payroll employment fell by 20.5 million in April, and the unemployment rate rose to 14.7 percent,the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The changes in these measures reflect the effects of thecoronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it. Employment fell sharply in all major industry sectors,with particularly heavy job losses in … Continue reading

COVID in UK – Unemployment has risen markedly says the Bank of England

The Bank has published its quarterly Monetary Policy Report alongside an interim Financial Stability Report. Together, they provide a scenario for the path of the UK economy in the light of Covid-19 and assess the financial system’s resilience to that scenario. The spread of Covid‐19 and the measures to contain it are having a significant … Continue reading

COVID and Economic Data in US –  The worse than any we have seen for the economy, FED’s Powell said

How bad is the coronavirus economy? The worst ever, says Fed Chairman Jerome Powell. “We are going to see economic data for the second quarter that is worse than any data we have seen for the economy,” Powell said. “There are direct consequences of the disease and measures we are taking to protect ourselves from it. … Continue reading

COVID and Jobs in UK – Losses have disproportionately affected young people, women and the lowest paid.

Coronavirus is a public health crisis and the Government has rightly taken unprecedented measures to tackle it. This has included significant restrictions on much social interaction and economic activity. The result has been the sharpest spike in unemployment on record. There were one million claims for Universal Credit in a two week period, 7.3 times … Continue reading

COVID and Jobs in Canada – Nearly 3 in 10 Canadians report that it affects their ability to meet financial obligations or essential needs

Nearly 3 in 10 (29.0%) Canadians reported that the COVID-19 situation is having a moderate or major impact on their ability to meet financial obligations or essential needs such as rent or mortgage payments, utilities and groceries. A further 23.8% said it was too soon to tell, while just under one-half (47.2%) reported minor or no impact. At the time of … Continue reading

COVID, Jobs and Lockdown in UK – Can take more than 6.5m jobs out of the economy

Estimates produced by the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex suggest the lockdown can take more than 6.5m jobs out of the economy -around a quarter of the total.The study led by Professor Matteo Richiardi with ISER researcher Diego Collado uses ONS data to predict job losses by sector.Using … Continue reading

COVID in America – Pictures from the Great Depression and from last week

Straggling in a Good Economy, and Now Struggling in a Crisis The coronavirus pandemic has shown how close to the edge many Americans were living, with pay and benefits eroding even as corporate profits surged. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story @ Coronavirus Crisis Underlines Weak Spots in U.S. Economic System – The … Continue reading

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