September 25, 2017
Americans celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. The month honors the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the history and culture of the United States. In 2016, there were 26.8 million Hispanics or Latinos in the U.S. labor force, nearly triple the 9.0 million in 1988. Hispanics or Latinos composed 16.8 percent of the labor force in 2016, up from 7.4 percent in 1988.read full article »
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September 22, 2017
Prices for U.S. imports increased 2.1 percent over the 12 months ending August 2017. Prices for U.S. exports increased 2.3 percent over the past 12 months. Import prices for industrial supplies and materials increased 8.1 percent, while export prices increased 6.1 percent.
September 21, 2017
In August 2017, unemployment rates for North Dakota (2.3 percent), Idaho (2.9 percent), and Tennessee (3.3 percent) were at their lowest levels since the state unemployment data series began in January 1976. Among states, North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rate, followed by Colorado (2.4 percent), Hawaii (2.6 percent), and New Hampshire (2.7 percent). Alaska had the highest unemployment rate, at 7.2 percent.
September 20, 2017
Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 29 states and the District of Columbia from August 2016 to August 2017. Employment in the other 21 states was essentially unchanged over the year. In percentage terms, the largest increases occurred in Nevada (3.0 percent), Georgia (2.7 percent), Florida (2.6 percent), Utah (2.6 percent), and Texas (2.5 percent).
September 19, 2017
Real average hourly earnings for all employees increased 0.6 percent, seasonally adjusted, from August 2016 to August 2017. Over the same period, real average hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees increased 0.3 percent. In the information industry, real average hourly earnings increased 2.2 percent for all employees and 0.1 percent for production and nonsupervisory employees.
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