Tag Archive for ‘employment’

The Employment Situation in April – Good Day for Job Gains, Slow Day for the Labor Force

The BLS released the Employment Situation report for April. Payroll employment rebounded, adding 211 thousand, after an unexpectedly soft March, a gain of only 79 thousand. Monthly gains have averaged 185 thousand in the first four months of 2017 compared to 187 thousand in all of 2016. The unemployment rate slipped to 4.4% based on a gain of 156 thousand employed… Read More ›

Construction Job Openings Post Small Increase

The count of unfilled jobs in the construction sector increased slightly in February, after two months of lower levels of open positions. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) rose to 169,000 in February. The cycle high is 238,000, set in July of last year. The open position… Read More ›

The Employment Situation in March – Weather, Or Not

Unusually warm weather in January and February may have accelerated hiring in those months at the expense of additions to March payroll gains. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that severe weather (e.g., the mid-March snow storms in the Midwest and Northeast) is more likely to reduce hours worked than workers on payrolls, but that “it is not possible… Read More ›

Job Growth Continues for Builders and Remodelers

The count of unfilled jobs in the construction sector was below trend for the second consecutive month, as hiring has accelerated in the industry. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) came in at 147,000 in January. The cycle high was 238,000 set in July of last… Read More ›

Residential Construction Employment Growing

The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector declined recently, as residential construction employment accelerated in the last three months. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) came in at 148,000 in December. The cycle high was 225,000 set in July. The open position rate (job openings… Read More ›

The Employment Situation in January – Status Quo Good

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its Employment Situation report for January including the standard annual revisions to earlier years. The revisions include benchmarking payroll employment counts to reflect more comprehensive counts, affecting data from April 2015 forward, and updated seasonal adjustment factors, affecting data from January 2012 forward. Historical data from the household survey is not revised but… Read More ›

Residential Construction Employment Solid in December

The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector remained elevated in November, as residential construction employment continues to grow. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) came in at 184,000 in November. The cycle high was 225,000 set in July. The open position rate (job… Read More ›

The Employment Situation in December – Good Enough

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported payroll employment rose by 156 thousand in December and revisions to estimates for the prior two months were mixed but added a net 19 thousand. The unemployment rate rose to 4.7% from 4.6% in November, an increase that barely escaped rounding error magnitude. Average hourly earnings rose 2.9% over the year. A broader… Read More ›

Residential Construction Employment Grew in November

The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector remained elevated in October, as residential construction employment continued to grow. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) came in at 205,000 in October, after reaching 221,000 in September. The cycle high was 225,000 set in July. The… Read More ›