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Jobs Report: Things Look to Be 'Back on Track'

280K new jobs added, unemployment rate ticks up to 5.5%

(Newser) - It's a good number: 280,000 jobs were added in May, besting economists' consensus prediction of 225,000. Today's jobs report also revealed the unemployment rate ticked up from 5.4% to 5.5%, the Wall Street Journal reports. The new jobs numbers for March and April show... More »

This Month's Jobs Report a Surprise—the Bad Kind

Economy adds just 126K jobs, and more not-great news

(Newser) - The US economy added just 126,000 jobs in March—not even close to the 248,000 economists had expected, the Wall Street Journal reports. The unemployment rate remained unchanged , at 5.5%. At the Journal, Paul Vigna calls the jobs number a "surprise," noting that's the... More »

Unemployment Rate Lowest Since May 2008

At 5.5%, but there's a 'but'

(Newser) - A better jobs report than expected today, at least when it comes to new jobs: 295,000 of them were added last month, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.5%, the AP reports. Economists had expected 240,000 new jobs, with the unemployment rate expected to drop from 5.... More »

1st Jobs Report of 2015: Mostly Good News

More jobs added than expected, though unemployment rate ticks up

(Newser) - The US economy added 257,000 jobs last month, a full 20,000 more than economists had expected today's jobs report to show, the Wall Street Journal reports. The unemployment rate ticked up from 5.6% to 5.7%, but as the AP explains, that's partially because more... More »

This Year Could Be Best for Hiring Since 1999

321K jobs added in November as unemployment rate holds at 5.8%

(Newser) - With the November jobs report in, America is poised to have its best year for job gains since 1999. Last month, 321,000 jobs were added, and the unemployment rate held steady at 5.8%. According to the Wall Street Journal , economists had expected just 230,000 jobs. More good... More »

Unemployment Rate Lowest Since 2008

It hits 5.8%, with 214K jobs added in October

(Newser) - The unemployment rate ticked down from 5.9% to 5.8% last month, its lowest level since July 2008, the AP reports. And 214,000 jobs were added; 233,000 had been expected, per the Wall Street Journal's forecast, with the unemployment rate expected to stick at 5.9%.... More »

Unemployment Rate Hits 6-Year Low: 5.9%

As 248K new jobs added

(Newser) - We saw what the AP terms a "burst of hiring" last month, with US employers adding 248,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropping to its lowest level since July 2008—5.9%. Economists had expected 215,000 new jobs and the unemployment rate to hold at 6.1%,... More »

Today's Jobs Report: Not Great

Just 142K jobs added in August; unemployment down to 6.1%

(Newser) - Economists expected 225,000 jobs to be created in August—but today's jobs report reveals that just 142,000 were added, the "lowest level of job growth" seen this year and "well below" the average of 212,000 we've seen over the past year, the Wall ... More »

In This Frigid Territory, Unemployment Is Illegal

As a result, Svalbard is basically crime-free

(Newser) - How does Svalbard, Norway, remain nearly crime-free? There are a number of factors (there are fewer than 3,000 official residents and it's a remote territory with no quick escape routes), but perhaps the biggest one is that in Svalbard, it's basically against the law to be unemployed.... More »

We've Finally Regained All the Jobs Lost in Downturn

Jobs report shows 217K new jobs in May, unemployment at 6.3%

(Newser) - Today's jobs report shook out slightly better than expected. Last month, 217,000 jobs were added, while economists had expected 210,000; the unemployment rate remained at 6.3%, while economists had expected it to tick up to 6.4%. That's the fourth straight month of "solid... More »

Unemployment Plunges to 6.3% —From 6.7%

As jobs report shows 288K jobs were created last month

(Newser) - Today's jobs report shook out far better than economists had expected: In April, 288,000 jobs were created, and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.3% from 6.7% . The expectations had been 215,000 and 6.6%, the Wall Street Journal reports. Those 288,000 jobs mark the... More »

Today's Jobs Report? 'Call It a Wash'

192K new jobs, unemployment rate holds at 6.7%

(Newser) - Last month, the US added 192,000 jobs and the unemployment rate remained 6.7%. The immediate response seems to be free of either wails or applause. Economists had expected 200,000 new jobs and the unemployment rate dropping a bit to 6.6%—or, as Quartz put it in... More »

Jobless Rate 6.6%, but That Fails to Impress

Just 113K new jobs created

(Newser) - Another disappointing jobs report: Just 113,000 jobs were created in January; economists had expected 189,000, and the average monthly gain in 2013 was 194,000. The unemployment rate did tick down to 6.6% from 6.7% , as had been expected; that's a 5-year low, the... More »

Jaws Drop Over December Jobs Report

Unemployment rate down to 6.7%, but meager 74K jobs were added

(Newser) - A pretty dismal number on today's jobs report: Just 74,000 jobs were created in December, the smallest monthly increase in three years; economists had expected 200,000. And while the unemployment rate fell to 6.7% from 7.0%, it was "for all the wrong reasons,"... More »

Unemployment Down to 7%

203K new jobs added in November

(Newser) - Today's jobs report beat expectations, with 203,000 new jobs added in November and the unemployment rate sliding to 7.0%. Economists had expected 180,000 new jobs and an unemployment rate of 7.2%, down from October's 7.3%, the Wall Street Journal reports. The unemployment rate... More »

For 2M Jobless, Benefits Set to Dry Up

Congress isn't looking likely to pass an extension

(Newser) - Some 1.3 million Americans could lose their unemployment benefits at the end of the year, with another 850,000 seeing benefits expire in March 2014 if Congress doesn't extend an emergency plan that ends Dec. 31. And though congressional Democrats and the White House are urging an extension,... More »

Unemployment Drops to 7.2%

148K new jobs added in September, though hiring slowed

(Newser) - The September jobs report is out today, delayed thanks to the government shutdown, and it reveals that the unemployment rate ticked down to 7.2% last month, while 148,000 jobs were added. Economists had expected the rate to hold steady at 7.3%, the Wall Street Journal notes, but... More »

Jobless Rate Holds at 7.6%

With 195K jobs created

(Newser) - Expectations were slightly upended with today's release of the June jobs report: Most predictions had the unemployment rate ticking down from 7.6% to 7.5%, with somewhere in the neighborhood of 160,000 jobs created. That latter figure turned out to be 195,000 jobs—and yet the... More »

Unemployment Ticks Up to 7.6%

175K jobs were added in May

(Newser) - The unemployment rate ticked up a notch in May: It had been expected to remain at 7.5% , but instead went up to 7.6%, the Wall Street Journal reports. But, the AP notes, that's because more people are looking for work, which is a good thing. And while... More »

Unemployment Hits 4-Year Low: 7.5%

As 165K jobs are added in April

(Newser) - Today's jobs report beat expectations: The unemployment rate fell to 7.5%, a four-year low, in April, and 165,000 jobs were created. Economists had expected 148,000 new jobs and an unemployment rate holding steady at 7.6%, the Wall Street Journal reports. More good news from the... More »

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