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U.S. job openings high for second consecutive month

Jul 7, 2021
Which sectors are the most eager for workers? And are workers ready to commit?
There were some 9.2 million new job postings in the May, Bureau of Labor Statistics — nearly the same number that were posted in April.
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Why long-term unemployment starts at 27 weeks

May 20, 2021
More than 4 million Americans have been unemployed for more than six months. Previous recessions have redefined long-term unemployment.
Kentucky residents wait in long lines for help with their unemployment claims last year.
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Jobs have bounced back in some parts of the economy. Others face a long slog.

Nov 6, 2020
More Americans are returning to the labor market. But more are also joing the ranks of the long-term unemployed.
A shuttered business district in Brooklyn in May. Jobs in some face-to-face services, like bars and restaurants, are still down 15% to 30%.
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Miscalculation of unemployment data not easy to fix

Jul 1, 2020
The Bureau of Labor Statistics said it might have been undercounting the number of workers classified as "unemployed on temporary layoff."
Hundreds of unemployed Kentucky residents wait in long lines for help with unemployment claims in June.
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Fewer jobs created than first reported

Dec 6, 2019
The government's benchmark revisions showed 500,000 fewer jobs were created in 2018 and early 2019 than initially thought.
The annual benchmark revision shows that fewer jobs were created than previously thought.
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4 things to know about monthly jobs numbers

Oct 3, 2019
The report tracks how many jobs are created and what the unemployment rate is, among other things.
Farm workers harvesting parsley in Colorado in 2011.
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4 ways to measure inflation

Sep 23, 2019
What are we talking about when we talk about inflation?
You don't need a complicated math problem to measure inflation; the CPI and PCE will do.
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Job creation has downshifted from last year

Sep 6, 2019
Labor Department data shows average monthly job creation has slowed significantly since 2018.
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March jobs report: Reversion to the norm

Apr 5, 2019
The report, while an improvement on February, is no cause for elation.
Job hiring paperwork is seen on a desk during a job fair put on by Miami-Dade County and other sponsors on April 05, 2019 in Miami, Florida. The job fair was being held as the Labor Department released its monthly hiring and unemployment figures for March which showed that 196,000 jobs were added last month, a rebound from the February report. 
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As the cost of living rises, Marketplace listeners share what they're saving for

Mar 18, 2019
Last week the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report confirming a rising cost of living in the United States as the consumer price index rose 0.2 percent. Although it was a small hike, it affected the prices of food, gas and rent. We called up some Marketplace listeners to get their thoughts about how […]
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