A data chart image of Sweets for the sweet: employment at gift-related retailers

Sweets for the sweet: employment at gift-related retailers

February 12, 2016

Valentine’s Day comes this weekend. Many shoppers will seek sweets for the sweet—the traditional gifts of flowers, candy, wine, or jewelry and the accompanying Valentine’s Day cards. They may find that there are fewer brick-and-mortar shops selling these gift items than in years past, but the number of businesses offering online shopping is larger than ever.

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February 11, 2016

A data chart image of Union membership rates by state, 2015

Union membership rates by state, 2015

The union membership rate—the percentage of wage and salary workers who were members of unions—was 11.1 percent in 2015, unchanged from 2014. From 2014 to 2015, union membership rates increased in 24 states and the District of Columbia, declined in 23 states, and were unchanged in 3 states.

February 10, 2016

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Unemployment rates decreased in 296 metropolitan areas for year ending December 2015

Unemployment rates were lower in December 2015 than they were a year earlier in 296 of the 387 U.S. metropolitan areas, higher in 79 areas, and unchanged in 12 areas.

February 09, 2016

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Construction and mining have highest unemployment rates in January

Wage and salary workers in the construction industry had an unemployment rate of 8.5 percent in January 2016. This was 3.2 percentage points higher than the rate for all private nonagricultural wage and salary workers (5.3 percent). The unemployment rate for construction has decreased by 16.2 percentage points since January 2010.

February 08, 2016

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Payroll employment up 151,000 in January 2016

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 151,000 in January. Job gains occurred in several industries, led by retail trade, food services and drinking places, health care, and manufacturing. Employment declined in private educational services, transportation and warehousing, and mining.

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