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Payroll gains for August come in as expected at solid 1.37 million, but pace of recovery continues to slow

The United States added 1.37 millions jobs in August, the fourth straight monthly gain. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had expected an increase of 1.35 million jobs. The official unemployment rate fell by more than expected by almost two percentage points to 8.4%. (Adjusted for the misclassification of workers who should have been labeled as unemployed, but […]

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Initial claims for unemployment drops below 1 million for last week

The number of workers applying for unemployment benefits from state unemployment programs fell below 1 million for the week ended August 8. At 963,000 the number was below the 1.18 million new claims for the week of August 1. Economists had expected initial claims of 1.1 million. Continuing claims for unemployment dropped to 15.5 million […]

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So why was Friday’s jobs report for July so worrying?

On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the U.S. economy added 1.8 million jobs in July. Not a bad number, on an absolute scale. 1.8 million jobs is a lot of jobs. And the total did beat economists' expectations by about 300,000 jobs. But... The total was way, way down from the 4.8 […]

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ADP private payrolls report foreshadows negative government July jobs report due Friday

The ADP Research Institute report on private payrolls doesn't always track with the government's monthly jobs report, but the trends usually matches up. Which argues that Friday's July jobs report will show that the economy and the labor market took a step backward in July. The ADP report released today showed that businesses added just […]

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Less time than you think before the end of that $600 a week enhanced unemployment benefit

Glibly, I've been saying that the extra $600 a week in unemployment benefits in the coronavirus rescue package will end on July 31. That gives Congress a scant two weeks to act to renew the payments that have helped so many workers through the unemployment caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Without the extra payments, the […]

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What do you know? A rational stock market for a day!

Stocks refused to follow the headline job gains reported today--and instead focused upon the uncertainty in the economy looking forward as the re-opening economy gave off signs that the recovery might be about to stall--or even step backward. Even though the June jobs report showed the economy gained almost 5 million jobs in June, stocks […]

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This is as good as the economy gets–for a while

The U.S economy added 4.8 million jobs last month in June. And the official unemployment rate fell to 11.1%. That's the good news. Unfortunately, the gains in jobs and the drop in unemployment are based on data from a survey that measured conditions in the week ended June 12. That was at the height of […]

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Saturday Night Quarterback (on a Sunday) says, For the week ahead expect…

... really, really confusing and almost certainly misleading economic data. On Thursday, July 2, a day early because of the Fourth of July weekend, the Labor Department will report jobs numbers for June. Right now economists surveyed by Bloomberg are expecting a 3 million increase in jobs. That will follow on a very surprising, shocking […]

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July is shaping up as the cruelest month in the coronavirus economy

In May governments shed more than 570,000 workers as states and cities grappled with huge budget shortfalls created by the coronavirus pandemic and shutdowns of economic activity imposed in an effort to get the outbreak under control. those layoffs are going to get worse in June and July. Local and state governments asked Congress for […]

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Weekly new claims for unemployment drop again–but at slower than expected pace

If the contests between the stock market--which sees a rapid V-shaped recovery for the economy--and the Federal Reserve--which sees a slow recovery very stretching over two years, today's report on New Claims for Unemployment comes down on slow recovery side. Initial jobless claims for regular state programs totaled 1.51 million in the week ended June […]

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