Tag Archive for ‘labor market’

The Employment Situation in May – All Systems: NO

April was a bad month, May is a shocker, and June is a non-starter. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported payroll employment growth stalled in May, expanding by only 38 thousand. The gains in May were expected to be depressed because of roughly 40 thousand Verizon workers on strike, but even taking that into account May’s gains were well… Read More ›

The Employment Situation in April – A Bad Month

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported payroll employment expanded by 160 thousand in April, below analysts’ expectations of roughly 200 thousand, and revised the prior two months down by 19 thousand. The unemployment rate held steady at 5.0% based on a large decline in the number of persons employed (316 thousand) offset by a similar decline in the labor… Read More ›

Count of Unfilled Construction Jobs Jumps

The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector increased significantly in December, even as hiring in the home building sector has grown. 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) increased to 207,000 in December from 138,000 in November. The December estimate solidly beats the previous… Read More ›

The Employment Situation in January – A Cold Wind?

A soft jobs report: a bad month or a cold wind in the face of economic recovery? The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported payroll employment expanded by 151 thousand in January (from the survey of payrolls at establishments), an unexpected slowdown from prior months. Results from the household survey were more encouraging, showing the unemployment rate ticking down to… Read More ›

The Employment Situation in December – A Strong Finish To 2015

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported payroll employment expanded by 292 thousand in December and revisions added 50 thousand to estimates for the prior two months. The household survey showed strong gains in both the labor force (466 thousand) and persons employed (485 thousand). The unemployment rate held steady at 5.0%. Three consecutive months of strong gains in both… Read More ›

Age of the Construction Labor Force

A scarcity of workers has been a notable headwind for home building and other parts of the construction industry in recent years. And a look at Census data reveals that the average age of workers in the construction industry exceeds the average age of the overall labor force. As home building has recovered, there has been a significant labor market… Read More ›

The Employment Situation in November – All Systems Go, Ready For Liftoff

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported payroll employment expanded by 211 thousand in November and revisions added 35 thousand to estimates for the prior two months. The household survey showed strong gains in both the labor force (273 thousand) and persons employed (244 thousand). The unemployment rate held steady at 5.0%. Payroll gains are back on track with earlier… Read More ›

Share of Remodelers Reporting Labor Shortages Climbs Even Higher

Eighty percent of remodelers reported a shortage of finished carpenters (and 41 percent said the shortage was serious), according to special questions on NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey in the 3rd quarter of 2015. That’s 8 percentage points higher than NAHB remodelers were reporting just a year ago. The RMI survey asked remodelers about availability of labor in the 12 categories recommended by Home… Read More ›