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The US economy added 209,000 payroll jobs in July. The six-month gain of 14,000,000 was the best since the recovery began. Unemployment rose slightly to 6.2 percent on strong growth of the labor force

The US economy added 209,000 payroll jobs in July. The six-month gain of 14,000,000 was the best since the recovery began. Unemployment rose slightly to 6.2 percent on strong growth of the labor force

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  • Economics for your Classroom from Ed Dolan’s Econ Blog US Job Market Turns in Best Six-Month Run Since Recovery Began Aug 1, 2014 Terms of Use: These slides are provided under Creative Commons License Attribution—Share Alike 3.0 . You are free to use these slides as a resource for your economics classes together with whatever textbook you are using. If you like the slides, you may also want to take a look at my textbook, Introduction to Economics, from BVT Publishing.
  • Best Six-Month Job Gain Since Recovery Began  The 209,000 jobs added to the US economy in July, together with upward revisions for May and June, brought the six- month job gain to 1,400,000  That made it the best six-month performance since the recovery began in mid-2009 Aug 1, 2014 Ed Dolan’s Econ Blog
  • Month-by-Month Data  The 209,000 job gain in July was equal to the average for the past year  Job gains for May and June were revised upward by a total of 15,000  198,000 of the new jobs were in the private sector, with both goods and services sharing the gains  Government added 11,000 jobs, all at the local level. Federal jobs were unchanged and state governments lost 1,000 jobs Aug 1, 2014 Ed Dolan’s Econ Blog View slide
  • Unemployment Rate Up Slightly on Growth in Labor Force  The US unemployment rate rose slightly to 6.2 percent in July, just above its low for the recovery. The unemployment rate is the ratio of unemployed persons to the labor force.  The labor force grew by a strong 329,000, adding to gains in earlier months. The number of employed workers increased by 131,000 and the number of unemployed by 197,000  The unemployment rate is based on a monthly survey of households that differs in several respects from the employer survey on which payroll job data is based Aug 1, 2014 Ed Dolan’s Econ Blog View slide
  • Broad vs. Standard Unemployment Rate The BLS also provides a broader measure of job- market stress, U-6  The numerator of U-6 includes  Unemployed persons  Marginally attached persons who would like to work but are not looking because they think there are no jobs, or for personal reasons  Part-time workers who would prefer full-time work but can’t find it  The denominator includes the labor force plus the marginally attached  U-6 rose slightly to 12.2 percent in July, just above its Aug 1, 2014 Ed Dolan’s Econ Blog
  • Long-term Unemployment Remains Near Low for Recovery  The recession and slow recovery have been characterized by unusually high levels of long-term unemployment  The share of unemployed out of work for 27 weeks or rose slightly to to 32.9 percent in June, remaining close to its low for the recovery  The mean duration of unemployment fell in July but the median duration increased Aug 1, 2014 Ed Dolan’s Econ Blog
  • Involuntary Part-Time Work Resumes its Downward Trend  The percentage of the labor force working part time for economic reasons (involuntary part-time work) decreased in July, resuming its general downward trend  Involuntary part-time work remains much higher than it was before the onset of the Great Recession Aug 1, 2014 Ed Dolan’s Econ Blog
  • The Bottom Line: Prospects Look Good for Q3  The July job market report represents the first major data release for the third quarter of 2014  Coming on the heels of reported 4 percent GDP growth for Q2, prospects look good for continued growth in Q3 Aug 1, 2014 Ed Dolan’s Econ Blog
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