October 06, 2015
In September 2015, the unemployment rate held at 5.1 percent, and the number of unemployed people (7.9 million) changed little. The civilian labor force participation rate declined to 62.4 percent in September; the rate had been 62.6 percent for the prior 3 months. The employment–population ratio edged down to 59.2 percent in September, after showing little movement for the first 8 months of the year.read full article »
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October 05, 2015
Total nonfarm employment grew 2.0 percent over the year ending in September 2015. Employment in the construction industry grew 3.3 percent over the year, the fastest rate among the major industries. Employment in professional and business services grew 3.2 percent. Transportation and warehousing, leisure and hospitality, and education and health care also grew faster than the overall average.
October 02, 2015
From August 2014 to August 2015, employment increased in 49 of the 51 large U.S. metropolitan areas. The largest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California (5.5 percent).
October 01, 2015
Multifactor productivity measures how much the output of an industry changes for each unit of combined inputs—the labor, capital, and other resources needed to produce goods and services. Multifactor productivity increased in 57 of 86 manufacturing industries from 1987 to 2013. Average annual rates of change for nearly all manufacturing industries ranged between -2.0 and 2.0 percent. Industries that make computers and communications equipment experienced much faster annual growth rates.
September 30, 2015
Oktoberfest is a 16-day folk festival ending in the first weekend of October; revelers enjoy traditional Bavarian food, games, and plenty of beer. Originating in Munich, Germany, the good times are now shared worldwide. Today we celebrate the world’s largest beer festival by taking a look at employment in breweries in each state.
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
New estimates of personal taxes in Consumer Expenditure Survey
In 2013, the Consumer Expenditure Survey improved its personal tax data.
Trends in long-term unemployment
Long-term unemployment reached historically high levels following the recession of 2007–2009.
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.