U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Even Higher Producer Prices vs Consumer Prices Not Spooking the Markets

It was just on Wednesday that the markets were somehow spooked by a higher inflation reading in the January Consumer Price Index report. This CPI came in hotter than expected, ...
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Should Fewer Job Openings Curb Many of the Wage Inflation Fears?

When the financial markets are in panic mode, it's hard to get investors and economists to pay attention to lower-impact economic reports. Still, part of the issue hurting the stock ...
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Strong Payrolls Gains in January Include Some Clouds of Wage Inflation

Friday's top economic report was the Employment Situation report from the U.S. Department of Labor. The number was stronger than what had been indicated in December's disappointing report, but it ...
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Large Drop in Productivity Could Weigh on Corporate America’s Growth Ambitions

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released its reading on labor productivity and unit labor costs for the fourth quarter. If you were a bit surprised that the fourth ...
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Personal Income and Spending Show Dilemma for Fed Rate Hike Plans

It may be the end of January, but key economic reports from December at still coming out. The personal income and outlays report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis is ...
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Consumer Prices in December Set Stronger Inflation Pressure for 2018

Inflationary pressures seem to be building as we enter 2018. The latest reading on the Consumer Price Index is back up closer to the Federal Reserve's inflation targets. Friday's key report ...
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Disappointing Payrolls Gain May Have a Silver Lining

One of the most important monthly economic releases is the Employment Situation report from the U.S. Department of Labor. This is one of the top measurements of a healthy economy, ...
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How December’s Unemployment Report Could Set the Tone for 2018 Expectations

The markets are going to get their last employment situation report for 2017 on Friday, January 5, 2018. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has shown large gains in payrolls over ...
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Consumer Inflation Not as Hot as Producer Inflation, but Plenty Justification for Rate Hike

After a strong reading on the Producer Price Index (PPI) for November, the U.S. Department of Labor has reported a strong reading for the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in that ...
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Rising Producer Prices May Have Solidified Fed’s Rate Hike Care

When investors and economists think about the start of a Federal Reserve meeting for interest rates, they generally think of unemployment and inflation in their mix about how the decision ...
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Is Now the Best Time to Be a Temporary Worker and in the Gig Economy?

At the end of 2017, it turns out that the official unemployment rate is barely 4%, and overall wage growth has been rather slow to catch up with inflation and ...
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Black Unemployment at 7.3%

The United States added 228,000 jobs in November, and unemployment stayed at 4.1%, the lowest level in decades. However the unemployment rate among black Americans was 7.3%, which shows the ...
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Unemployment and Payrolls Remain Strong in November

The U.S. Department of Labor showed yet another strong payrolls and unemployment report. The official unemployment rate for November is at a 17-year low, and payrolls surprised higher with a ...
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Jobless Claims Add More Base for Strong Payrolls and Unemployment Report

Another solid jobs number is setting the tone for Friday's unemployment and payrolls report. The U.S. Department of Labor reported that weekly jobless claims for the week of December 2 ...
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Hawaii’s Unemployment Rate at 2.2%, Alaska’s at 7.2%

Alaska, the 49th state to join the Union, on January 3, 1959, had the highest unemployment rate of any state in October at 7.2%. Hawaii, the 50th, which became a ...
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