June’s jobs gains weren’t just big. They were widespread across the economy.

Jul 2, 2020
The diffusion index, a measure of the breadth of job gains across industries, jumped for the second month in a row.
Personal and laundry services, which includes dry cleaners, laundromats and other businesses, was among the many sectors that expanded payrolls in June.
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Here’s one (of many) numbers in the jobs report that surprised economists

Jun 5, 2020
More sectors of the economy gained jobs than lost jobs in May, Labor Department data shows.
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Pay no attention to Friday's jobs numbers

Apr 2, 2020
The BLS monthly jobs report is based on surveys conducted in mid-March, before the recent wave of layoffs and furloughs.
Job listings are down in hospitality and travel during COVID-19. Above, a note of closure on the door of the Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 19.
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Where's the wage growth?

Jan 10, 2020
In December, wage gains slowed from earlier in 2019, with average hourly earnings up 2.9% year over year.
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Labor Department deregulation expected to pick up steam after Acosta

Jul 12, 2019
Analysts say that under the new acting secretary, Patrick Pizella, deregulation is likely to quicken.
Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta gives a press conference at the U.S. Department of Labor on July 10, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
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Jobs report to top the agenda after the July 4 holiday

Jul 4, 2019
The big question: Is the trade war affecting hiring?
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Slowdown in employment is broad-based

Jun 7, 2019
But it's too soon to say the 10-year economic expansion has run its course.
Economists say some of the pullback in employment last month may be due to uncertainty about U.S. trade policy. Above, workers process cattle near the U.S.-Mexico border in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.
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Data show a job market that's slowing, or at least pausing

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…