A data chart image of St. George, Utah, has largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment

St. George, Utah, has largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment

September 30, 2016

From August 2015 to August 2016, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 320 metropolitan areas, decreased in 59 areas, and was unchanged in 8 areas. The largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment occurred in St. George, Utah (7.1 percent), followed by Madera, California (7.0 percent), and Cleveland, Tennessee (6.4 percent).

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September 29, 2016

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Coffee prices down 3.8 percent from August 2015 to August 2016

Today is National Coffee Day, a day that always perks us up. To mark the occasion, we look at trends in coffee prices over the past decade. Coffee prices were 22 percent higher in August 2016 than they were in January 2006. That’s about the same increase as the Consumer Price Index for all items. Coffee prices have moved up and down much more sharply than overall consumer prices, however. Coffee prices were 3.8 percent lower in August 2016 than a year earlier.

September 28, 2016

A data chart image of Hispanics will make up nearly 20 percent of the labor force in 2024

Hispanics will make up nearly 20 percent of the labor force in 2024

In observation of Hispanic Heritage month, which runs every year from September 15 through October 15, The Economics Daily takes a look at some labor force statistics for Hispanic Americans. The Hispanic share of the labor force is expected to increase more than that of any other demographic group, because of both overall population growth—from higher births and increased immigration—and higher labor force participation rates.

September 27, 2016

A data chart image of 28 percent of workers age 55 and over have been with their current employer 20 years or more

28 percent of workers age 55 and over have been with their current employer 20 years or more

Generally, older workers have longer tenure with their current employer than younger workers. In January 2016, 28 percent of workers age 55 and over had 20 or more years of tenure with their current employers. Younger workers were more likely than older workers to be short-tenured employees. Among workers 16 to 19 years-old, 74 percent had tenure of 12 months or less with their current employer, compared with 10 percent of workers ages 55 to 64.

September 26, 2016

A data chart image of Multifactor productivity increases in computer and electronics manufacturing industries, 1987–2014

Multifactor productivity increases in computer and electronics manufacturing industries, 1987–2014

Multifactor productivity grew at a 12.8 percent annual rate in the computer and peripheral manufacturing industry from 1987 to 2014. This was the highest growth among the six computer and electronics manufacturing industries that are measured. Multifactor productivity in semiconductors and electronic components manufacturing increased at a 9.6 percent annual rate.

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