A data chart image of Import prices up 4.8 percent, export prices up 4.3 percent, for year ending July 2018

Import prices up 4.8 percent, export prices up 4.3 percent, for year ending July 2018

August 16, 2018

For the year ending July 2018, U.S. import prices rose 4.8 percent and export prices rose 4.3 percent. The increase in import prices is the largest 12-month increase since the index rose 5.1 percent from February 2011 to February 2012. Import prices have not fallen on an over-the-year basis since a 0.2-percent decrease for the year ending October 2016.

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August 15, 2018

A data chart image of Real average hourly earnings down 0.2 percent over the 12 months ending July 2018

Real average hourly earnings down 0.2 percent over the 12 months ending July 2018

Real average hourly earnings for all employees decreased 0.2 percent from July 2017 to July 2018. The decline in real average hourly earnings combined with the 0.3-percent increase in the average workweek resulted in a 0.1-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this 12-month period.

August 14, 2018

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Occupational group concentration by metro area in May 2017

Location quotients measure how the occupational composition in a given area differs from the occupational composition of the nation as a whole. Nationwide, 6.3 percent of jobs were in production occupations in May 2017. In Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana, 36.0 percent of jobs were in production occupations. Dividing 36.0 percent by 6.3 percent gives us 5.69, which is the location quotient for production occupations in Elkhart-Goshen.

August 13, 2018

A data chart image of Final demand PPI up 3.3 percent for year ended July 2018

Final demand PPI up 3.3 percent for year ended July 2018

The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 3.3 percent, on an unadjusted basis, for the 12 months ended in July 2018. The index for final demand was unchanged from June to July.

August 10, 2018

A data chart image of 5.5 million separations in June 2018

5.5 million separations in June 2018

The number of job separations (which includes quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations) was little changed at 5.5 million in June 2018, compared with 5.4 million in May 2018.

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