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June Jobs Report

June Jobs Report: Continued, Solid Gains, But That 5.3 Percent Unemployment Rate Makes the Job Market Look Better Than It Is

Jared Bernstein | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

As the job market has gradually tightened, I've expected to see some upward movement in the labor force participation rate, as labor demand pulled more people into the workforce. The fact that this has yet to occur suggests that there is much more slack than the 5.3 percent unemployment rate suggests.

U.S. Adds 223,000 Jobs In June; Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.3%

AP | Christopher S. Rugaber | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a solid 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, a seven-year low. The numbers re...

U.S. Creates 288,000 Jobs In June, Unemployment Rate Dips To 6.1%

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 07.03.2014 | Business

The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in June, as the unemployment rate falls to 6.1 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday. More...

If This Is a Good Jobs Report, Just Shoot Me

Curtis Ellis | Posted 09.07.2013 | Business
Curtis Ellis

The June jobs report shows we lost 6,000 jobs in manufacturing, but added 9,000 in garden supply stores and 19,000 at amusement parks and casinos. Is this the picture of a healthy economic superpower?

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

From watching cable, you'd think the only news this week was the George Zimmerman trial. But as CNN spent Wednesday breathlessly team-covering every angle of some badly-Skyped-in testimony, a hint of other news appeared in a small box on-screen, captioned "coup under way." That was, of course, referring to the fact that Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was being toppled. Is this monomaniacal coverage really the best way to honor Trayvon Martin's memory? It was enough to send me clicking over to the Golf Channel -- and I don't even play, though I did learn what a mulligan is. If the media took one, maybe next time, in addition to Egypt, they'd also cover yet another middling jobs report released on Friday, which showed the economy adding mostly low-wage jobs and still on pace to reach full-employment only by decade's end. But don't tell anybody.

June Jobs Report: Upside Surprise

Jared Bernstein | Posted 09.05.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

This report, with its positive revisions, a whiff of increased labor force participation, and a bit of pop in wages suggests not just an improving job market, but one that's improving a bit faster than we thought.

Boehner Rails Against Obama, Jobs Report

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 07.05.2013 | Politics

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reacted to Friday's jobs report, casting the country's economic growth situation as "tepid." In a statement rel...

195,000 JOBS

Posted 07.05.2013 | Business

The U.S. economy added 195,000 jobs in June, as the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.6 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Frid...

Mark Gongloff

175,000 JOBS | Mark Gongloff | Posted 08.07.2013 | Business

The U.S. economy continued to churn out low-paying jobs in June, as the weakest labor-market recovery since World War II ground sluggishly ahead. ...

The Question Project: What Obama and Romney Should Tell Us About Job Creation

Scott Bittle | Posted 09.11.2012 | Business
Scott Bittle

You can select a candidate in a dozen different ways: by their party, looks, commercials, endorsements or just as an expression of naked self-interest. But only questions force the candidates to justify themselves to us as custodians of the American dream.

Job Growth Tepid, Unemployment Still Too High

Diane Swonk | Posted 09.08.2012 | Business
Diane Swonk

We are still treading water at best, with too many people being pulled down by the undercurrent of persistently high unemployment.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.06.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (aka CERN) found God. Or at least "the god particle." A Big Bang of Higgs boson jokes ensued -- many of them involving a priest and a play on the word "mass." With the god particle out of the way, maybe the CERN folks can try to isolate Mitt Romney's position on health care next. Speaking of Romney, he took a break from competing in the "Romney Olympics" and riding jet skis on Lake Winnipesaukee to criticize President Obama for the dreary June jobs report and promise to create an economy where more Americans can "take a vacation now and then with their loved ones." HuffPost's Jason Cherkis offered a suggestion for a new Romney campaign slogan: "A jet ski in every pot." Finally, don't believe those sources: Chief Justice Roberts didn't write any of this Sunday Roundup.

Bonnie Kavoussi

Young People Are Left Behind On Jobs Front | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 11.13.2012 | Business

Young people are getting left behind. High unemployment is hurting many young people as they languish without developing job skills. The United St...

Stocks Plunge On Jobs Worries

AP | PALLAVI GOGOI | Posted 07.06.2012 | Business

NEW YORK -- Investors abandoned stocks Friday after the U.S. government reported that only 80,000 jobs were created in June, the third straight month ...

Voters No Longer Seeking Mr. Fix-It

Matthew Dowd | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

After watching basically no growth in real wages over the past decade, no real growth in private-sector jobs, and a stagnant unemployment rate, people don't think that a president (or a governor, for that matter) can do much to change the situation.

Mitt Romney Blasts June Jobs News As 'Kick In The Gut'

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 07.06.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney responded to the June jobs report on Friday by blasting President Barack Obama and saying the "kick in the gut has got to end." "Ameri...

The Jobs Doldrums and Obama's Future

Robert Reich | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

Obama now has to show he understands the depth and breadth of this crisis, and is prepared to do large and bold things to turn the economy around if and when he does have the votes in Congress. So far, his proposals are policy miniatures relative to the size of the problem.

On the June Jobs Report (Updates)

Jared Bernstein | Posted 09.05.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Payrolls grew by 80,000 last month and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2% in a jobs report that confirms the slower trend in employment gains that showed up a few months ago.

June Jobs Report: U.S. Adds 80,000 Jobs; Unemployment Rate Unchanged

AP | PAUL WISEMAN and CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 09.05.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The American job machine has jammed. Again. The economy added only 80,000 jobs in June, the government said Friday, erasing any doubt t...

June Jobs Jitters

Posted 07.06.2012 | Business

Mark Gongloff, HuffPostBiz's trusty financial news curator, is off today, so 7.5 things will be brought to you by Jillian Berman. Thing One: Jobs R...

Will Europe Amplify or Lessen Investors' July 4th Celebrations?

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 09.01.2012 | Business
Mohamed A. El-Erian

For Europe to minimize external headwinds, the U.S. needs both to avoid another sub-100,000 job creation print and to deliver improving indicators of long-term unemployment and labor force anticipation.

Janell Ross

Black Communities Struggle With Mass Joblessness | Janell Ross | Posted 09.07.2011 | Business

Friday morning Robert Drain got up, got dressed, turned on his computer, and then flipped on the television, tuning it to CNN. The news was awful: Onc...

U.S. Economy Adds Startling Low Number Of Jobs In May

Posted 08.03.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Lucia Mutikani) - Employment rose far less than expected in May to record its weakest reading since September, while the jobless rate ...

June Jobs Story Looking Gory

Dan Dorfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Dorfman

Economist Madeline Schnapp's outlook raises the issue that the 2010 economic recovery -- which most financial experts thought was a sure thing -- has suddenly become suspect,