Surveys of employers, households paint 2 pictures of the job market

Jan 7, 2022
Despite a disappointing jobs report, the news is still pretty good.
Fewer jobs than expected were added to December payrolls. That can be partly explained by the difficulty in hiring workers these days.
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Jobs abundant, workers remain in high demand

Jan 7, 2022
The December Jobs Report will be closely watched for signs that employers added more jobs at the end of 2021.
A "Now Hiring" sign hangs near the entrance to a Winn-Dixie Supermarket in Hallandale, Florida. The need for workers has remained a sign of consistency in the labor market.
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Despite a meh jobs report, high-frequency data paints a bright picture

Dec 6, 2021
With signing bonuses, rising wages and less fear of being laid off — what's not to like?
Each month since June, employers have posted more than 10 million job listings, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Warehouse jobs increased by 50,000 this month. Are those jobs here to stay?

Dec 3, 2021
That sector now employs more than 200,000 more people than it did before the pandemic.
Warehouse employment has been one of the fastest growing sectors of the job market since 2019. Above, workers in an Amazon fulfillment warehouse.
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The economy is adding more jobs than reports first reflect

Nov 18, 2021
Other employment numbers have been subject to a lot of revision as well.
Many employment statistics and reports have been revised, pointing to difficulties in understanding real-time labor conditions amid the pandemic. Above, a pedestrian walks past a "help wanted" sign.
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Good news in the latest jobs report: Wages are up, especially in low-paying sectors

Nov 5, 2021
The not-so-good news? Inflation has eaten up most of the gains.
While lower-wage service workers, like bar and restaurant employees, are seeing some of the highest wage growth, they're also the most vulnerable to cost-of-living increases.
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The job market's turbulent – and likely to remain that way

Nov 5, 2021
Between COVID, shifting policy, and "The Big Quit", it's hard to get a handle on how the employment picture's changing.
In August, job growth fell by two-thirds to just about 360,000, and September was not even at 200,000. The nature of the job market has been difficult to forecast.

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U.S. added 943,000 jobs in July; unemployment rate at 5.4%

Aug 6, 2021
The number of people who reported they had jobs surged by 1 million, pushing the jobless rate down from 5.9% in June. Last month, 261,000 people returned to the job market.
A "now hiring" sign at a store in Arlington, Virginia.
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Even after a good jobs report, potholes remain on road to economic recovery

Jul 2, 2021
The good news? The U.S. economy created 850,000 jobs in June. The bad news? There are still 7 million fewer jobs than before the pandemic.
The number of jobs created has risen steeply over the past few months, but employers may not find workers as easy to attract as in the past.
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