Sunday, October 7, 2012

Weekend Reading on Employment Perspective


  • US unemployment rate -.3 to 7.8%
  • In the last two months the unemployment rate dropped .5%
  • Reversing a three-month trend, those "not" in the labor force fell by 211,000
  • In the last year, those "not" in the labor force rose by 2,643,000
  • Over the course of the last year, the number of people employed rose by 2,867,000. 
  • Participation Rate rose .01 to 63.6%
  • Long-Term unemployment (27 weeks and over) was 4,844 million a decline of 189,000
  • Were it not for people dropping out of the labor force, the unemployment rate would be well over 10%.
  • Four Big Economic Indicators
  • Keep Up the Pressure: The US Jobs Crisis Is Not Over - PIMCO's El-Erian:
    •  A significant part of the monthly improvement is associated with part-time, rather than full-time, employment. With Congress too divided to enact meaningful policy measures, the Federal Reserve will have no choice but to remain deeply engaged in uncertain policy experimentation
    • The unemployment rate is now back where it was when Barack Obama assumed the presidency in January 2009. 
    • With an increase to 58.7 per cent, the employment-population ratio is edging up from a multi-decade low. This is important as the country cannot rely on a steadily declining share of its adult population to maintain and improve living standards, meet rising health costs and foster less divisive income inequality.

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