A data chart image of Quits rise while layoffs and discharges fall in 2016

Quits rise while layoffs and discharges fall in 2016

March 22, 2017

There were 36.1 million quits in the nonfarm sector in 2016, an increase from 2015. The number of layoffs and discharges, at 19.9 million in 2016, declined from 2015. There were 62.7 million hires in the nonfarm sector in 2016, essentially the same as the number of hires in 2015 but well above the 46.2 million hires in 2009.

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March 21, 2017

A data chart image of Prices for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs down 7 percent since August 2015 peak

Prices for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs down 7 percent since August 2015 peak

Prices for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs decreased 7.0 percent from a peak in August 2015 to February 2017 despite prices for all items increasing 2.8 percent over this period. Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs make up about 1.7 percent of the total Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) market basket. From February 2007 to February 2017, the meats, poultry, fish, and eggs index increased 27.9 percent. 

March 20, 2017

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Producer Price Index for final demand increased 2.2 percent for the year ended February 2017

The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 2.2 percent from February 2016 to February 2017, the largest advance since a 2.4-percent increase for the year ended March 2012. The index for final demand goods increased 3.9 percent, led by a 19.2-percent increase in prices for final demand energy.

March 17, 2017

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State unemployment rates, January 2007 to January 2017

Unemployment rates were significantly lower in January 2017 in 5 states and stable in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Six states had notable jobless rate decreases from a year earlier and 44 states and the District had no significant change. The national unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in January, little changed from that of both December 2016 and January 2016.

March 16, 2017

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Twenty-eight states had significant employment increases for year ending January 2017

Twenty-eight states had statistically significant over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment in January 2017. The largest job gains occurred in California (+330,400), Florida (+277,900), and Texas (+225,300). Two states had significant over-the-year declines in employment: Wyoming (–9,100) and Alaska (–9,000).

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