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Economic Data (USA)

Friday, May 08, 2020

Employment Situation Report for April 2020

The Employment Situation Report for April 2020 was released by The Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning:

Nonfarm Payrolls (month-to-month change)
Predicted: -20,000,000
Actual: -20,500,000


U-3 Unemployment Rate (Headline)
Actual: 14.7%
Previous Month: 4.4%
12 Months Previous: 3.6%

U-6 Unemployment Rate*
Actual: 22.8%
Previous Month: 8.7%
12 Months Previous: 7.3%

Average Hourly Earnings (month-to-month change)
Predicted: +0.5%
Actual: +4.319% (+$1.04)

Average Hourly Earnings (year-on-year change)
Predicted: +3.0%
Actual: +7.673% (+$1.79)

Average Weekly Earnings (month-to-month change)
Actual: +4.632% (+$37.25)


Average Weekly Earnings (year-on-year change)
Actual: +7.034% (+$55.30)

Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate: 60.2%
Previous Month: 62.7%
12 Months Previous: 62.8%

Average Workweek
Predicted: 34.2 hours
Actual: 34.2 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.

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Chart: U-3 (Headline) Unemployment Rate - April 2020 Update
Chart: U-3 (Headline) Unemployment Rate
April 2020 Update

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Chart: Nonfarm Payroll Employment - April 2020 Update
Chart: Nonfarm Payroll Employment
April 2020 Update
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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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