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Friday, March 10, 2017

Employment Situation Report for February 2017

The Employment Situation Report for February 2017 was released by The Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning:

Nonfarm Payrolls (month-to-month change)
Predicted: +200,000
Actual: +235,000


U-3 Unemployment Rate (Headline)
Predicted: 4.7%
Actual: 4.7%

U-6 Unemployment Rate*
Actual: 9.2%
Previous Reading: 9.4%

Average Hourly Earnings (month-to-month change)
Predicted: +0.3%
Actual: +0.2305%

Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate: 63.0%
Previous Reading (revised): 62.9%

Average Workweek
Predicted: 34.4 hours
Actual: 34.4 hours

Economist, academics, central bankers and investors pay very close attention to the monthly Employment Situation report as it offers penetrating insight as to the current and near-future state of the overall U.S. economy. If a) Americans are earning more money and b) the economy is creating new jobs, this typically translates to more money being pumped into the economy (and vice versa.)

The "predicted" figure is what economists were expecting, while the "actual" is the true or real figure.

From today's report:

"...In February, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased by 6 cents to $26.09 [+0.2305%], following a 5-cent increase in January. Over the year, average hourly earnings have risen by 71 cents, or 2.8%. In February, average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 4 cents to $21.86 [+0.1833%]...

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The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for December was revised down from +157,000 to +155,000, and the change for January was revised up from +227,000 to +238,000. With these revisions, employment gains in December and January combined were 9,000 more than previously reported. Monthly revisions result from additional reports received from businesses since the last published estimates and from the recalculation of seasonal factors. Over the past 3 months, job gains have averaged 209,000 per month..." [Establishment Survey Data]
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 * =  The U-6 Unemployment Rate is defined as:


"Total unemployed, plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force."


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