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April Jobs Report

The April Jobs Report in Pictures

Chad Stone | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Chad Stone

Businesses reported strong payroll growth in April. The separate household survey, however, showed that all of the decline in the unemployment rate to 6.3 percent was due to a drop in labor force participation.

U.S. Creates 288,000 Jobs In April, Unemployment Rate Falls To 6.3%

Posted 05.02.2014 | Business

The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in April, as the unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Here's...

Michael McAuliff

Pelosi: We've Finally Filled The George Bush Jobs Hole | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The latest jobs report contained a politically important fact for Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) -- America finally replaced the jobs lost from...

U.S. Creates 192,000 Jobs In March, Unemployment Rate Holds At 6.7%

Posted 04.04.2014 | Business

The U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs in March, as the unemployment rate remained at 6.7 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Mo...

Half Empty: Another Feeble Jobs Report

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.05.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

While the Administration and the Republicans and far too much of the commentariat are obsessed with public debt, private debts are killing the recovery. Some 22 percent of mortgages are still under water, and student debt has surpassed a trillion dollars. Banks can unload their toxic securities onto the Fed. Corporations can use the bankruptcy code's Chapter 11 to write off old debts (including to their pensioners) and get a "fresh start." But college borrowers stay indentured forever, as do underwater homeowners unless they want to lose the house.The upside-down policy, of cutting public spending, giving debt relief to banks and corporations, while showing no mercy to students and homeowners, keeps the whole economy in debtors' prison. Until these policies change, we can look forward to a decade of high unemployment and an underperforming economy.

Zero Manufacturing Jobs Added -- Zero

Dave Johnson | Posted 07.05.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

President Obama set a goal of 1 million new manufacturing jobs in his second term. Last month we added zero. Not one. Nada. Zip. We did add low-wage jobs, though. Maybe we can talk about a national manufacturing strategy now?

April Jobs Report Bad News for College Grads

Curtis Ellis | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business
Curtis Ellis

We're losing the better-paying jobs making things and gaining minimum wage jobs in retail. America is becoming a nation of clerks who work for someone else selling goods made somewhere else.

The Flaccid Jobs Report

Robert Reich | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

If there was ever a time for our leaders in Washington to declare victory over the deficit, and focus instead on jobs and inequality, it's now. But don't hold your breath.

April Jobs Report Comes in Better Than Expected

Jared Bernstein | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Payrolls increased by 165,000 last month and the unemployment rate ticked down to 7.5 percent, in a jobs report that painted a considerably brighter picture than last month's version.

Mark Gongloff

165,000 JOBS | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.10.2013 | Business

The job market may not be as weak as it looked just a month ago -- but it is still nowhere near as strong as it could be. Employers added 165,000 w...

Is NYC Real Estate the Right Investment for Me?

Toni Haber | Posted 07.07.2012 | New York
Toni Haber

If you're fortunate enough to be well employed in this economy and have cash to spare... then my question becomes: Is this the right time to be buying real estate?

U.S. Unemployment Rate Continues to Fall as Discouraged Workers 'Disappear'

Sheldon Filger | Posted 07.04.2012 | Business
Sheldon Filger

The real meaning of the April jobs number is that the participation of age-eligible Americans in the labor force -- both working and unemployed -- is at a 30 year low. How is that synonymous with an economic recovery?

Once Again for the Cheap Seats: We're Still Creating Jobs Where We Were Once Losing Jobs!

Dee Evans | Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics
Dee Evans

Isn't it funny how no one in the media is asking why over 600,000 jobs in the public sector (mostly government jobs) have been slashed while the private sector is steadily growing?

Sam Stein

Romney Says Obama Should Have Historically Rare Metric For Job Growth | Sam Stein | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Friday's news of yet another month of tepid job growth in April provided Mitt Romney with an opening both to criticize the president's p...

The Stall Has Arrived

Robert Reich | Posted 07.04.2012 | Business
Robert Reich

The latest jobs report is bad news for millions of Americans, and it's bad news for Obama and the Democrats. No set of policies between now and Election Day are likely to boost the economy.

April Jobs Report, First Impressions (Update)

Jared Bernstein | Posted 07.04.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

This just in: austerity doesn't work! It doesn't work here, it doesn't work in Europe, it doesn't work for state and local governments. I'm tempted to ask how many data points we need to recognize this crucial economic truth, but I'm afraid data points don't have much to do with it. After last month's disappointing report, I was careful to point out that "one month does not a trend make" and there are some technical reasons -- mostly seasonal adjustments that haven't caught up with unusually warm weather -- to consider as well. Well, two months doesn't quite a trend make either, but it's getting closer.

Mark Gongloff

Unemployment Rate Falls To 8.1 Percent As People Give Up On Looking For Work | Mark Gongloff | Posted 07.04.2012 | Business

While the U.S. unemployment rate in April was the lowest it's been in more than three years, the unemployed may simply be falling off the government's...

U.S. Jobs Recovery Hits A Snag

AP | PAUL WISEMAN | Posted 06.06.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. job market took a breather in March after its best hiring stretch since the Great Recession. Employers added 120,000 jobs last...