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Economic and domestic policy, and lots of it.

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    This morning’s jobs report was awful. Unemployment went down from 8.3 percent to 8.1 percent, but nonfarm payrolls only increased by a dismal 96,000, with another 40,000 jobs lost in revisions of previous months’ figures. How does that compare to … Continue reading

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  • 09/07/12--11:34: How to read a jobs report
  • I noticed a fair amount of confusion Friday morning as to whether this was a good or a bad jobs report. After all, we added 96,000 jobs. That seems like a lot! And unemployment fell from 8.3 percent to 8.1 … Continue reading

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    This morning’s jobs report was unexpectedly positive. Unemployment fell 0.3 points to 7.8 percent, and the economy gained 114,000 jobs in September – and revisions added another 86,000 jobs to the July and August numbers. How does that compare to … Continue reading

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    The most recent government jobs report showed that the U.S. economy gained 114,000 jobs in September. That was encouraging. But as we emphasized last week, the report came with a lot of caveats. The margin of error on the number of … Continue reading

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    We here at Wonkblog aren’t the only ones obsessed with the monthly jobs reports. There’s a whole cottage industry around predicting what the monthly numbers are going to say, and a major resource for prognosticators is the National Employment Report … Continue reading

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    October’s jobs report was much more positive than expected. The unemployment rate ticked up a tenth of a percentage point to 7.9 percent, but we gained 171,000 jobs  — big enough to be statistically significant. Even better, we gained 84,000 … Continue reading

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    There’s no question that the October jobs report released Friday morning was the best in some time. Particularly encouraging was that employers reported stronger job creation than they had in September and that the unemployment rate ticked up only because … Continue reading

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    The November jobs report is scheduled to come out at 8:30 Friday morning, and will surely be accompanied by the usual hyperactive analysis, rapid-fire tweeting, and general sense of eager anticipation. But the numbers themselves are likely to be a … Continue reading

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    November’s jobs report was generally positive, but with some notable caveats. Unemployment is down to 7.7 percent, the lowest since the financial crisis hit, and the economy gained 146,000 jobs. Then again past months’ numbers have been revised down, and … Continue reading

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    View Photo Gallery —The unemployment rate in December was 7.8 percent, unchanged from November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Which sectors added more jobs than others in 2012? Here’s a look. The job market continued to make steady … Continue reading

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    The first major indicator of how the economy is performing in 2013 is due out Friday morning, and it will offer a window onto whether the job market is gaining momentum or stumbling in the new year. Analysts are expecting … Continue reading

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    Friday morning, when the Labor Department puts out its February jobs report, it will be the latest window into the fundamental clash that is key to understanding the United States economy in 2013. It pits on one hand the positive … Continue reading

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    The latest report on the state of the U.S. job market offered good news all around, the best reading in months on the state of the economy. Jobs? There were 236,000 more of them on U.S. employers’ payrolls in February … Continue reading

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    Neil and I discuss today’s surprisingly good jobs report, whether it’ll keep up now that the sequester has taken effect, and why state and local governments are losing so many jobs:

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    Economic data for March pointed pretty consistently to one idea: That we’re in the spring doldrums, with yet another spurt of weak growth underway. The first major data point for April comes out Friday morning, and will provide crucial evidence … Continue reading

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    We economics writers can be an excitable bunch, eager to draw big conclusions from thin data. Huge monthly job gains of more than 200,000 like we saw this winter? The economy is finally achieving liftoff! A piddling 88,000 added in … Continue reading

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    Happy jobs day! The Labor Department announced Friday that the U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in May and that the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.6 percent, from 7.5 percent in April. Here’s a rundown of the what you need … Continue reading

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    The nice thing about the latest jobs number is how very normal they seem. The nation added 175,000 jobs in May, which is right on track with the trend over the past year (average monthly jobs gained: 172,000). The May … Continue reading

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    The U.S. economy added 195,000 jobs in June, according to a Labor Department report released Friday morning. The nation’s unemployment rate was at 7.6 percent. Follow our rapid-fire analysis of the report here.

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    Not to be the guy blaring “Fortunate Son” at your Fourth of July picnic, but you know that great jobs report today? There’s an ugly little trend hidden in it: America looks like it’s back to laying off factory workers. … Continue reading

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