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Unemployment Rate 4.9% As Labor Force Drops

The October 2016 unemployment report shows yet more monthly distorted unemployment figures.  The unemployment rate ticked down by -0.1% to 4.9% as almost half a million, 425 thousand more, were considered no longer part of the labor force.  Those employed dropped by -43,000 and those unemployed declined by -152,000.  Both the labor participation rate and the civilian to employment ratio ticked down a tenth of a percentage point.

Unemployment Rate Uptick Largely Due to Statistical Swings

The September 2016 unemployment report shows some fairly wild statistical swings that result in a distorted unemployment picture.  The unemployment rate ticked up 0.1% to 5.0%.  Over 350 thousand more were now considered employed.  Both the labor participation rate and the civilian to employment ratio also ticked up a tenth of a percentage point.

Unemployment Report Shows Hardly Any Change

The August 2016 unemployment report shows a fairly underwhelming month of statistics, yet not as bad as some in the press would have you believe.  The unemployment rate remained the same at 4.9%, the third month in a row.  Generally speaking August was no change from July.  Both the labor participation rate and the civilian to employment ratio did not change.  The number of people employed was low and similar to the number of those unemployed.

Unemployment Statistics Have a Good Month

The July 2016 unemployment report shows a pretty good month of statistics.  The unemployment rate remained the same at 4.9%.  Yet this month, unlike others, the low unemployment rate is not due to more people dropping off of the statistical radar.  Instead the labor participation rate ticked up a tenth of a percentage point as more people entered the labor force.

Record Low 4.7% Unemployment Rate Hides Ominous Signs

The May 2016 unemployment report on the surface sounds like great news.  The unemployment rate dropped to an astoundingly low 4.7%.  This is a -0.3 percentage point drop from last month and a level not seen since November 2007.  Yet the statistics which make up the unemployment rate actually shows something terrible.  The unemployment rate dropped because 664,000 people dropped out of the labor force with almost half a million no longer counted as unemployed.

Unemployment Report Reverts as Half a Million Drop Out of Labor Force...Again

The April 2016 unemployment report shows some disturbing developments behind the numbers.  While the official unemployment rate did not change and stayed at 5.0%, over half a million dropped out of the labor force during the month and over three hundred thousand are no longer employed.  The labor participation rate dropped by 0.2 percentage points as did the civilian participation rate.

Unemployment Report Shows Signs of Life in Labor Participation Rate

The March 2016 unemployment report shows some interesting movements.  The official unemployment rate ticked up 0.1 percentage points to 5.0% yet this is actually good news as more people came out of the woodwork and participated in the labor force.  The labor force grew by almost 400 thousand and those employed shot up by another 246 thousand.

BLS Household Survey Report Holds Promising Unemployment Numbers

The February 2016 unemployment report is being reported as great news once again.  The official unemployment rate is 4.9%, a rate not seen since February 2008 and no change from January.  Overall, this month's CPS does have some great news in it.  There were over half a million more employed than the previous month and those not in the labor force declined by over 300 thousand.

Unemployment Report Starts the Year By Breaking the 5% Unemployment Rate Barrier, Big Deal

The January 2016 unemployment report is being reported as nothing but good news.  The official unemployment rate is 4.9%, a rate not seen since February 2008.  This is the weird month where annual population adjustments are applied and not backwards adjusted.

December Unemployment Report Belies Other Economic Metrics

The December unemployment report seems like nothing but good news.  The official unemployment rate did not change and is 5.0%.  The ranks of employed swelled and those not in the labor force shrank.  The labor participate rate ticked up a tenth of a percentage point to stand at a still very low 62.6%.  Overall, this month's CPS report belies some of the other ominous economic news.

 

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