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New Orleans and Baton Rouge Employers Expect No Change in Employment in Q3

Employers in all 100 of the largest federally recognized metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) expect net payroll increases in the third quarter. The expected increases among employers in New Orleans and Baton Rouge ...
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Weekly Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected

Thursday's barrage of economic data included a gain in weekly jobless claims. The U.S. Department of Labor reported that weekly claims rose by 13,000 to 277,000 in the week ending ...
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Weekly Jobless Claims Not Signaling Any Major Changes Either Way

The U.S. Department of Labor has released yet another weekly jobless claims report. It turns out that the news did not get worse as other labor data has suggested of ...
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Employment Trends Index Confirms Poor BLS Payrolls Data From Prior Week

Friday's payrolls data from the U.S. Department of Labor showed an employment picture so weak that many people might have thought the headline numbers were missing a a digit. Even ...
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Relax About the Jobs Report, It’s Not That Bad

Meager job growth of only 38,000 jobs for May has the doomsayers and perma-bears all up in arms again. But as usual, precious few have reported Friday’s release on June ...
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Unemployment May Start to Rise

After the May jobs report, Jonathan Wright of Johns Hopkins University wrote for the Brookings Institute that the United States may have lost jobs last month. His math is unconventional, but ...
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May Delivers Massive Payrolls Disappointment, Despite Lower Unemployment

The U.S. Department of Labor just served up what looks like a very mixed employment situation report. The unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped to 4.7% in May, versus 5.0% in April. ...
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ADP Sets Tone for Friday’s Unemployment & Payrolls Report

Each and every month, the ADP National Employment Report covering private sector payrolls is used to get a bias toward the monthly U.S. Department of Labor report on the employment ...
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States Adding (and Losing) the Most Jobs

The United States has added more than 12 million jobs since the spring of 2011. Since then, the unemployment rate has fallen from 9.1% to 5.0% -- close to an ...
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How Friday’s Payrolls Report Could Skew Fed Rate Hike Expectations

Friday, June 3, 2016, will mark one of the most important economic readings of this summer. The U.S. Department of Labor will release its report on nonfarm payrolls, private sector ...
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Jobless Claims Continue to Show Job Market Struggles in May

May has proven to be a hard time for the jobless claims, something that may play into the unemployment report for the month that will be released in two weeks or ...
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What Would Make US GDP Go to Zero?

The 0.5% improvement in first-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) is not far from zero. It would not take many factors to push growth down to zero or even below. Several ...
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Weekly Jobless Claims Bring Back Scares to the Great Employment Economy

Weekly jobless claims posted a serious jump in the week ending May 7. The U.S. Department of Labor announced that seasonally adjusted claims rose a sharp 20,000 to 294,000. This ...
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Payrolls Hope May Fade After Weekly Claims and Jobs Data

Friday's key economic report will be the unemployment and payrolls numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor. The consensus estimate of 200,000 nonfarm payrolls likely has started getting ratcheted down for ...
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ADP Payrolls Disappointment Likely to Dampen Labor Department Payrolls Expectations

If there is one economic report that is used each month as a barometer for the direction of the payrolls and unemployment report from the U.S. Department of Labor, it ...
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