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Job Report in US, July 2017 – Employment increased by 209,000

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 209,000 in July, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in food services and drinking places, professional and business services, and health care. Household Survey Data Both the unemployment rate, at 4.3 percent, and the number … Continue reading

Job Report in Canada, July 2017 – Little change in employment and unemployment declines to 6.3%

Following two months of notable increases, employment was little changed in July (+11,000 or +0.1%). As the number of people searching for work edged down, the unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage points to 6.3%. This is the lowest rate since October 2008, just prior to the onset of the 2008-2009 labour market downturn. In the 12 months to July, employment rose by 388,000 (+2.1%), mostly … Continue reading

The Fed’s Report to the Congress, July 12, 2017 – The labor market has continued to strengthen

Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress (July 12, 2017)  Chair Janet L. Yellen (Before the Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.) Chairman Hensarling, Ranking Member Waters, and other members of the Committee, I am pleased to present the Federal Reserve’s semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress. In my remarks … Continue reading

Job Report in UK, March to May 2017 – The unemployment rate at 4.5%, the lowest since 1975

The unemployment rate (the proportion of those in work plus those unemployed, that were unemployed) was 4.5%, down from 4.9% for a year earlier and the lowest since 1975. Estimates from the Labour Force Survey show that, between December 2016 to February 2017 and March to May 2017, the number of people in work increased, … Continue reading

Long-Term Unemployed – A signal of lower motivation leading to lower hiring chances

Recent evidence from large-scale field experiments has shown that employers use job candidates’ unemployment duration as a sorting criterion. In the present study, we investigate the mechanisms underlying this pattern. To this end, we conduct a lab experiment in which participants make hiring decisions concerning fictitious job candidates with diverging unemployment durations. In addition, these … Continue reading

Job Report in US, June 2017 – Employment increased by 222,000 and unemployment little changed at 4.4 percent while labor force increased

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 222,000 in June, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.4 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in health care, social assistance, financial activities, and mining. Household Survey Data In June, the unemployment rate, at 4.4 percent, and the number of unemployed persons, … Continue reading

Job Report in Canada, June 2017 – Employment rose by 45,000 in June, mostly in part-time work

Employment rose by 45,000 in June, mostly in part-time work. The unemployment rate was 6.5%, down 0.1 percentage points from the previous month. Compared with 12 months earlier, there were 351,000 (+1.9%) more people employed. Most of the growth was in full-time work (+248,000 or +1.7%), while part-time employment was also up (+103,000 or +3.0%). The total number of hours worked increased 1.4% over this period. In … Continue reading

Finland – Is the unemployment rate a good measure of labour market slack?

Observations that the official unemployment rate does not describe labour market slack sufficiently broadly have led to the development of broadened measures of unemployment. These types of measures are regularly used, at least in the United States and have also occasionally been explored by the ECB. Such measures seek to include, in addition to people … Continue reading

Italy – 85,000 people applied for 30 jobs at a bank

Italy’s chronic unemployment problem has been thrown into sharp relief after 85,000 people applied for 30 jobs at a bank – nearly 3,000 candidates for each post. With youth unemployment nudging close to 40 per cent and the overall level at 11 per cent, steady jobs are in great demand. But even the managers at … Continue reading

Out-of-Work in US – 11.3 million individuals

Of the combined unemployed and not-in-the-labor-force populations, our goal is to identify those most likely to be interested in or benefit from workforce development assistance. Therefore, we subtracted the following groups: people receiving retirement and disability benefits, most students, and our best estimate of people who choose to be stay-at-home parents with sufficient earnings from … Continue reading

Job report in Canada, May 2017 – Employment rose by 55,000, unemployment rate at 6.6%

Employment rose by 55,000 in May, spurred by an increase in full-time work (+77,000). At the same time, the unemployment rate rose by 0.1 percentage points to 6.6%, the result of more people participating in the labour market. The employment increase in May builds on gains since July 2016, when the current upward trend began. Compared with 12 months earlier, there were 317,000 (+1.8%) more … Continue reading

Labor Market in US – It is doing quite well but earnings inequality continues to rise

In the aggregate the US labor market is doing quite well. Unemployment is currently below 5%, and real weekly earnings of full-time workers increased from the 2000 cyclical peak to the current period of near full employment. The difficulties lie behind the aggregates. Earnings inequality continues to rise, with the growth in earnings most prevalent … Continue reading

Unemployment in EU regions, 2016 – From 2.1% to 31.3%, fell in 8 out of 10

Unemployment rates in the EU regions ranged from 2.1% to 31.3%. Unemployment rates fell in 8 out of 10 EU regions. More than 80% of the NUTS 2 regions of the European Union (EU) saw their unemployment rate fall in 2016 compared with 2015, and around 60% recorded a decrease of at least 0.5 percentage points. … Continue reading

Job Report, US, April 2017 – Total nonfarm and unemployment rate was little changed at 4.4 percent

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 211,000 in April, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.4 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, health care and social assistance, financial activities, and mining. Household Survey Data Both the unemployment rate, at 4.4 percent, and the … Continue reading

Job Report, Canada, April 2017 – The lowest unemployment rate since October 2008

Employment was little changed in April, while the unemployment rate declined 0.2 percentage points to 6.5%, the lowest rate since October 2008. The decrease was mostly the result of fewer youth searching for work. Compared with 12 months earlier, there were 276,000 (+1.5%) more people employed and the unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower. Over the same period, the total number of hours worked … Continue reading

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