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Wage gains flatten in September

by Mitchell Hartman Oct 4, 2019
Average hourly earnings were unchanged in September, and the annual growth rate fell 0.3% from the previous month.
An employee restocks a shelf in the grocery section of a Wal-Mart Supercenter in 2005 in Troy, Ohio.
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U.S. adds 136,000 jobs; unemployment hits 50-year low of 3.5%

by Associated Press Oct 4, 2019
The U.S.-China trade war has slowed hiring, and average hourly wages have slipped.
Job seekers wait in line to speak with Amazon recruiters and other company volunteers about job opportunities at Amazon during a career fair held at Vertiport Chicago on September 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The event was one of several Amazon career fairs held across the country today as the company attempts to fill more than 30,000 full and part-time positions.
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4 things to know about monthly jobs numbers

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Oct 3, 2019
The report tracks how many jobs are created and what the unemployment rate is, among other things.
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A bright spot on jobs: prime-age workers

by Mitchell Hartman Sep 6, 2019
According to the Labor Department, the employment-to-population ratio for 25- to 54-year-olds hasn't been this high since 2008.
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U.S. added a modest 130,000 jobs in August amid trade war

by Associated Press Sep 6, 2019
The temporary hiring of 25,000 census workers is part of the jobs number. Without that hiring, the U.S. added 96,000 jobs in August.
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Why it's the "nonfarm" payrolls report

by Mitchell Hartman May 1, 2019
The Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly report doesn't count jobs down on the farm. We explain why.
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March jobs report: Reversion to the norm

by Mitchell Hartman 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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Hiring rebounds as U.S. employers add a solid 196,000 jobs

by Associated Press Apr 5, 2019
Hiring rebounded in March as U.S. employers added a solid 196,000 jobs, up sharply from February's scant gain.
A 'now hiring' sign hangs on the door of a Staples store in Lower Manhattan, January 4, 2019 in New York City.
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Job creation stalls in February as unemployment falls and wages rise

by Mitchell Hartman Mar 8, 2019
Strikingly low job growth weighs strongly on the side of the Fed not raising rates in the coming months.
Strikingly low job growth weighs strongly on the side of the Fed not raising rates in the coming months.
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Are wages finally starting to pick up?

by Justin Ho Feb 1, 2019
The January jobs report was the fourth report where average hourly earnings topped 3 percent compared to a year earlier. But do four months of solid gains make a difference to wages across the board?