A data chart image of Consumer prices up 1.6 percent over 12 months ending June 2019

Consumer prices up 1.6 percent over 12 months ending June 2019

July 15, 2019

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 1.6 percent for the 12 months ending June 2019, a smaller increase than the 1.8-percent rise for the period ending May.

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July 12, 2019

A data chart image of Ames, Iowa, and Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont, had lowest unemployment rates in May 2019

Ames, Iowa, and Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont, had lowest unemployment rates in May 2019

Ames, Iowa, and Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont, had the lowest unemployment rates among the 389 metropolitan areas in May 2019, 1.5 percent each. The rates for those areas were followed by Midland, Texas, 1.7 percent; Iowa City, Iowa, 1.8 percent; and Dubuque, Iowa, 1.9 percent. Yuma, Arizona (17.1 percent), and El Centro, California (16.4 percent), had the highest unemployment rates.

July 11, 2019

A data chart image of Number of job openings at 7.3 million in May 2019

Number of job openings at 7.3 million in May 2019

On the last business day of May 2019, the number of job openings was 7.3 million, representing an increase of 197,000 since May 2018. The job openings rate—the number of job openings as a percentage of total employment plus the total number of job openings—was 4.6 percent in May 2019, the same as it was a year earlier.

July 10, 2019

A data chart image of Official unemployment rate little changed at 3.7 percent in June 2019; U-6 at 7.2 percent

Official unemployment rate little changed at 3.7 percent in June 2019; U-6 at 7.2 percent

In June 2019, both the unemployment rate, 3.7 percent, and the number of unemployed, 6.0 million people, were little changed from May. BLS publishes six alternative measures of labor underutilization, known as U-1 through U-6, every month. The unemployment rate, also called U-3, is the total number of unemployed people as a percentage of the labor force. U-1 and U-2 are more narrowly defined and always lower than the U-3 rate. U-4, U-5, and U-6 are more broadly defined and always higher.

July 09, 2019

A data chart image of Nonfarm employment increased by 2.3 million for the year ended June 2019

Nonfarm employment increased by 2.3 million for the year ended June 2019

From June 2018 to June 2019, total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 2.3 million, or 1.5 percent. Education and health services gained 585,000 jobs (2.5 percent) over that period, while employment in professional and business services increased by 482,000, or 2.3 percent.

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