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Jobless Rate Drops to 7.4%, but Job Growth Still Lags

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The nation’s economy added 162,000 new jobs in July and the jobless rate dropped to 7.4% from June’s 7.6%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

William Spriggs, AFL-CIO chief economist, said today’s job numbers “continue to show a very mild recovery, but they fell below expectations and are disappointing.”

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In Case You Missed It: Economic News Roundup

In Case You Missed It: Economic News Roundup

The Economic Policy Institute has released important research about the economy in the past few weeks. Here's a look at some of the key pieces it uncovered about the U.S. economy.

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Despite 195,000 New Jobs, Jobless Rate Remains 7.6%

Despite 195,000 New Jobs, Jobless Rate Remains 7.6%

The nation’s economy added 195,000 new jobs in June and the jobless rate remained at 7.6%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).But economists say the growth rate is far too slow to fuel a healthy jobs recovery.

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The Urgency of Now for the Unemployed

The Urgency of Now for the Unemployed

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate increased slightly from 7.5% to 7.6% in May. Each month, comments on this number include a discussion on “labor force participation"—the number that is released is based on people who are “in the labor force.” To be included in the labor force, someone has to either be employed, or actively looking for work. 

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Report: Not Enough Jobs to Hire Unemployed Workers

Report: Not Enough Jobs to Hire Unemployed Workers

new analysis from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) of the latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows that there was a decline in April for job openings to a total of 3.8 million, while the number of unemployed workers seeking jobs was around 11.7 million. April's level of job openings is more than 16% below where it was in the months before the recession began.

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Look Behind the 175,000 Jobs Created in May

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The nation’s economy added 175,000 new jobs in May and the jobless rate slightly increased to 7.6% compared to April’s 7.5%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 175,000 new May jobs outpaced April’s job growth by 10,000 and marked 38 straight months of tepid job growth. But economists say the growth rate is too slow to fuel a healthy jobs recovery.

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Understanding the Need for Full Employment

Understanding the Need for Full Employment

Last week, the Social Security Trust Fund report was released. One of its more telling charts was of the trend in Social Security revenue. Social Security revenue comes from a tax on the wages of earners, paid by both employees and employers. So, essentially it tracks the level of employment. Based on the simple trend of revenues from 1990 to 2007, just before the Great Recession started, 2012 revenue would have been $899.4 billion; instead, it was $840 billion.  That gap means less money to build up the Social Security Trust Fund than expected. The trustees do not break down the revenue by the age of workers, but based on the dramatically lower employment experience of young workers, the bulk of that gap reflects the lost wages of young people.

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Jobless Rate Dips to 7.5%, as Economy Adds 165,000 New Jobs

Jobless Rate Dips to 7.5%, as Economy Adds 165,000 New Jobs

The nation’s economy added 165,000 new jobs in April while the jobless rate dropped to 7.5% from March's 7.6%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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The Cost of European Austerity Measures: 10 Million Newly Jobless

U.S. lawmakers and policymakers who are pushing extreme austerity measures and spending cuts over job-creating investments as the magic path to economic stability should take a long hard look at what’s happened to the nations of the European Union (EU) that have imposed strict fiscal austerity policies.  Unemployment has soared, according to a new report on the EU labor market from the International Labor Organization (ILO).

There are more than 10 million more jobless people in Europe now than at the start of the crisis. There are now more than 26 million Europeans without jobs, with young and low-skilled workers being the hardest hit.

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Jobless Rate Continues Downward Trend, but Job Growth Slows

Jobless Rate Continues Downward Trend, but Job Growth Slows

The nation’s economy added just 88,000 new jobs in March while the jobless rate dipped to 7.6% from February’s 7.7%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

While the 88,000 jobs created reflect 36 straight months of positive job growth, during the previous 12 months job growth had averaged about 169,000 a month. The small number of new jobs also shows how important it is that Congress repeals the sequester to stop any additional job loss in the public and private sectors. These across-the-board cuts will cost more than 750,000 jobs this year alone and could derail the economic recovery.

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