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February 18, 2019

J:  The US economy posted a new milestone for employment opportunities at the end of 2019. On February 12, the BLS told us that on December 31, 2018, employers of all types all over the country had a record 7,335,000 job openings on a seasonally adjusted basis.

Tha...

July 10, 2018

J:  On July 6 the BLS gave us a ton of interesting data on "The Employment Situation-June 2018."  For a start, they reported that the total number of people employed last month was a record 155,576,000.  This is an increase from a year earlier of 2,326,000 people emplo...

May 25, 2018

Every month the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases a report of the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey aka "JOLTS."  It usually comes out a week or so after the widely-followed "Employment Situation" report but because it covers data for the month before that...

March 13, 2018

J:  On March 9 the BLS dropped several bombshells on analysts and economic forecasters.  The first was the totally unexpected news that nonfarm payroll jobs shot up by 313,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis in February from January.  That was the biggest one-month incr...

November 21, 2017

J:  In an amazing and surprising development for most economic forecasters (but not me), the US economy has picked up speed in nearly all measures of economic growth.  We have not seen such an occurrence since the record expansion of March 1991-March 2001, a full ten-y...

September 4, 2017

 L:  This guy is not quite ready to take ALL the jobs.  I know that we keep hearing the scary predictions of tech folks (like Elon Musk, for heaven's sakes) who are warning that the jobless future is imminent.  A 2013 study by researchers at the Uni...

August 12, 2017

L:  Be impressed.  We are out and about, headed for an NBEIC meeting in Seattle and we still wrote a blog!  It's a first!

J:  A key factor in the confidence levels of consumers and their spending patterns is how they feel their chances are for finding a job if...

May 5, 2017

J:  The new employment numbers came out today from BLS and they tell a happy story.  The total number of nonfarm payroll jobs in the US rose by 211,000 (seasonally adjusted, of course) in April to a record of 146,043,000 such jobs.

L: OK, unless something is NOT se...

April 9, 2017

A low unemployment rate but not many new jobs. How did that happen?

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