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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.
Farmworkers pull weeds in a spinach field near El Centro, California, in January.
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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?
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Will the recent government shutdown show up in the jobs report?

by Mitchell Hartman Jan 31, 2019
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its January jobs report on Friday.
Recruiting companies are removing race and gender from résumés to eliminate bias.
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What the jobs report doesn't tell you

by Sean McHenry Jan 23, 2019
Javier Cobo knows that people don't always re-enter the workforce by choice.
The good numbers in the December jobs report don't tell the whole story.
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Data show a job market that's slowing, or at least pausing

by Mitchell Hartman Dec 7, 2018
Two numbers in the Labor Department’s jobs report Friday seem to indicate the job market might be slowing down a bit, or at least hitting the pause button. First, what it calls the U-6 unemployment rate: It measures total unemployment, including…

You can take this job and love it. Why? If you leave, it may be hard to find a new one.

by Mitchell Hartman Dec 7, 2018
Unemployment is lower than at any time in nearly half a century. Lots of jobs have been added this quarter. But today’s job report indicates that now more people are being laid off and filing for unemployment. As the labor…
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What it's like to hold multiple jobs

by Marielle Segarra Oct 5, 2018
The hours — and the fatigue — add up.
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