Tag Archive for ‘labor market’

The Employment Situation for August – Employment at the Fed

A mixed jobs report starts the drum-roll for the September meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), as analysts speculate over whether the committee will announce the start of tapering the Fed’s bond purchase program (QE3) or hold off until the December meeting. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Employment Situation report for August. From the establishment… Read More ›

Number of Open Construction Jobs Remains High

Government employment data indicate that the count of construction sector job openings for the months of 2013 is the highest since 2008. While the increase in unfilled positions is consistent with the uptick in construction sector activity, particularly for home building, the data reflect only modest increases in total employment thus far. For the construction sector, Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) data… Read More ›

The Employment Situation for June – Food For Thought

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Employment Situation report for June. Total payrolls expanded by 195,000, with the private sector adding 202,000 and government subtracting 7,000. The previous two months were revised up by a total of 70,000. Homebuilding payrolls expanded by 5,200. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.6%. The labor force expanded by 177,000 and the… Read More ›

Immigrant Workers in Construction

A new study from NAHB Economics examines where construction workers come from by analyzing the most recent 2011 American Community Survey (ACS). The results show that immigrants have been an important source of new recruits to the construction industry—accounting for 22 percent of the overall labor force. The inflow of foreign born labor into construction is cyclical and coincides with… Read More ›

The Employment Situation for February – Mixed, But With Homebuilding on Top

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Employment Situation report for February and the results look good but are more mixed than they look. The establishment survey shows payroll employment increased by 236,000, a decent number, but once again private sector payrolls increased (by 246,000) while the government sector continued to shrink (a loss of 10,000). The estimate for… Read More ›

The Employment Situation for December – Gaining Strength? Not Really.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Employment Situation report for December on Friday. The establishment survey indicated payroll employment increased by 155,000 with private sector payrolls increasing by 168,000 and a loss of 13,000 in the government sector. Estimates for the prior two months were revised upward by a net of 14,000. The household survey indicated the unemployment… Read More ›

The Employment Situation for November – Still Positive, Still Weak

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Employment Situation report for November noting that Hurricane Sandy did not affect the national employment and unemployment figures in today’s release. The establishment survey indicated payroll employment increased by 146,000 with private sector payrolls increasing by 147,000 and a loss of 1,000 in the government sector. Estimates for both September and October… Read More ›

The Employment Situation for October – Continued Positive But Subpar Gains

The Employment Situation report for October released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Friday continued the recent pattern of positive but subpar gains in the labor market. The establishment survey reported payroll employment expanded by 171,000 based on an increase of 184,000 in private sector payrolls and a decline of 13,000 in the government sector. August and September estimates… Read More ›

The Employment Situation for September – Weak Payrolls and Noisy Unemployment Rate

The Employment Situation report for September released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) today surprised analysts with a 0.3 percentage point decline in the unemployment rate, from 8.1% in August to 7.8% in September. Unlike last month when the decline in the unemployment rate from 8.3% to 8.1% was attributable to a shrinking labor force, the September decline was… Read More ›

The Employment Situation for August – Wrong Again

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Employment Situation report for August today. Nonfarm payroll employment extended its troublingly lackluster streak adding a meager 96 thousand jobs, down from a revised 141 thousand last month. The private sector added 103 thousand while the government sector shed another 7 thousand. Figures for the prior two months were revised downward by… Read More ›