U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

June Import and Export Prices Confirm Lower Inflation Versus Fed Targets

The market has already seen lower-than-expected news on the consumer inflation front for June. Now the Labor Department is showing more confirmation of that news from its report on June's ...
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Jobs Market Tops Expectations in June With Gain of 222,000; Jobless Rate at 4.4%

U.S. employment increased by 222,000 in June, topping expectations. The jobless rate ticked up 0.1% to 4.4% from a 16-year low in May, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. ...
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Small Business Hiring Might Dampen BLS Payrolls Report Expectations

The markets brace for payrolls and unemployment data at the start of each month. Several private releases have been used a historical barometer by economists and traders alike to predict ...
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Unemployment Rate Drops in 298 of America’s 388 Cities

The extraordinary improvement in the U.S. labor market includes the great majority of American cities. The jobless rate moved down in 298 of America's 388 metro areas in May. The U.S. ...
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Unemployment Still Above 5% in Several States

Economists claim "full employment" is a jobless rate of a 5% or less. The national figure for May was 4.3%, so the labor market is deemed as being extremely healthy. ...
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Inflation Reports Throw Curve Ball for Fed Rate Hike Ambitions

On a day when the Federal Reserve is expected to hike interest rates, investors, economists and business owners might wonder what lower inflation readings will do to the decision-making of ...
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There Are Now Over 6 Million Job Openings in America

After each month's payrolls and unemployment report from the U.S. Department of Labor, economists and investors get a closer look at the internal metrics of the jobs markets by getting ...
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States Where the Most People Work for the Government

Despite consistent urging from a portion of the American public to slim down government, a large number of residents continue to make a living by working in government. In 2016, ...
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Markets Brace for Key Payrolls and Unemployment Data

The U.S. growth engine is still moving. Unfortunately, that growth and enthusiasm and strength has started to dial down in recent weeks. We have seen weaker than expected growth in ...
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Unemployment Rate Drops Below 2.9% in 5 States

The national unemployment rate for March was 4.5%. In five states is it much lower, below 2.9%, which shows how much the jobless situation can differ from place to place. ...
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Black Unemployment Rate at 8.1%

The unemployment rate among black Americans was 8.1% in March, well above the national rate of 4.5%. Of the 4.97 million unemployed Americans, 1.6 million were black, which is 32%. ...
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Disappointing Payrolls Report for March, With Payrolls Revised Lower for February and January

Friday's key economic reporting was dominated by the employment situation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). It was a mixed report in some aspects and weak in others. It ...
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Producer Prices Keep Higher Inflation Theme Alive in February

At odds is just how much a federal funds rate hike is priced into the market. Tuesday's economic reports included the Producer Price Index (PPI). This is a measurement of wholesale ...
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A Week of Continued Strong Jobs Data Pushes Chances of Fed Rate Hike in March

Maybe all that post-election economic hope and all the day in and day out record highs on the Dow Jones Industrial Average and in the S&P 500 Index had some ...
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Will Unemployment Press the Fed to Raise Interest Rates in March?

This Friday's unemployment report is also one of the freshest economic views before Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and the Federal Open Market Committee members decide whether to raise interest ...
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