• chief economist May 1, 2019

    Survey: US Businesses Are Hiring; 275K Jobs in April

    U.S. companies in April added the most jobs in 9 months, a sign that hiring remains strong amid solid economic growth. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that businesses hired 275,000 people last month, up from just 151,000 in March. That’s a much higher number than economists forecast for Friday’s government jobs report. Current projections call for the Labor Department to...

  • DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE INDEX Apr 5, 2019

    Job Market Bounces Back in March With 196,000 Gain in Payrolls

    Job creation posted a solid rebound in March, with nonfarm payrolls expanding by 196,000 and the unemployment rate holding steady at 3.8 percent, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report Friday. That was better than the 175,000 Dow Jones estimate and comes after a dismal February that had economists wondering whether the decade-old economic expansion was nearing an end....

  • Donald Trump Feb 1, 2019

    US Employers Added Robust 304K Jobs in January; Joblessness Ticks Up After Shutdown

    U.S. employers shrugged off last month’s partial government shutdown and engaged in a burst of hiring in January, adding 304,000 jobs, the most in nearly a year. The healthy gain the government reported Friday illustrated the job market’s durability nearly a decade into the economic expansion. The U.S. has now added jobs for 100 straight months, the longest such period...

  • Donald Trump Jan 4, 2019

    US Employers Added Stellar 312K Jobs in December, Jobless Rate Ticks Up

    U.S. employers dramatically stepped up their hiring in December, adding 312,000 jobs in an encouraging display of strength for an economy in the midst of a trade war, slowing global growth and a partial shutdown of the federal government. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.9 percent, but that reflected a surge in jobseekers—...

  • Congress Mar 7, 2018

    US Businesses Hire 235,000 New Workers in February: Survey

    U.S. companies added a healthy 235,000 jobs last month, led by solid gains in construction, hotels and restaurants, and education and health care, according to a private survey. The report Wednesday on February hiring from payroll provider ADP comes after businesses added 244,000 people in January and 249,000 in December. Those gains should be enough to reduce the unemployment rate,...

  • Texas Nov 11, 2017

    Black Women Picking Up Firearms for Self-Defense

    Sitting in a classroom above a gun range, a woman hesitantly says she isn’t sure she could ever shoot and kill someone, even to protect herself. Couldn’t she just aim for their leg and try to maim them? Her instructor says self-defense is not about killing someone, but is instead about eliminating a threat. If the gun gets taken away...

  • Texas Nov 3, 2017

    October Jobs Report: US Economy Adds 261K Jobs, Unemployment Down to 4.1 Percent

    U.S. employers added a solid 261,000 jobs in October in a bounce-back from the hurricanes that slammed the Southeast in September. The unemployment rate declined to 4.1 percent, the lowest in nearly 17 years, from 4.2 percent in September, the Labor Department said Friday. But the drop in the rate occurred mostly because many people stopped looking for work and...

  • chief economist Jul 7, 2017

    US Employers Added 222K Jobs in June; Unemployment Ticks Up

    U.S. employers added a robust 222,000 jobs in June, the most in four months, a reassuring sign that businesses may be confident enough to keep hiring despite a slow-growing economy....
    The government also revised up its estimate of job growth for April and May by a combined 47,000. Hiring has averaged nearly 180,000 jobs a month this year, only slightly below...

  • chief economist Jun 2, 2017

    Jobs Data Could Signal Shortage of Qualified Workers to Hire

    U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in May by adding only 138,000 jobs, though the gains were enough to help nudge the unemployment rate down to a 16 year-low. The Labor Department said Friday that the jobless rate fell to 4.3 percent the lowest level since 2001, from 4.4 percent. Still, the rate declined mainly for a less-than-encouraging reason: People...

  • Donald Trump Mar 11, 2017

    Robust February Jobs Report Points to Resilient US Economy

    U.S. employers added a robust 235,000 jobs in February and raised pay at a brisk pace — signs that a resilient economy has given many companies the confidence to hire in anticipation of solid growth ahead. With the unemployment rate dipping to a low 4.7 percent from 4.8 percent, the job market appears to be fundamentally healthy or nearly so.

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