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Government job growth estimates often inaccurate, with consequences seen at the policy level

By | 11.07.11 | 1:29 pm

On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released their monthly jobs report, which estimated that 80,000 new non-farm jobs were created during October, and that the unemployment rate decreased very slightly to 9.0 percent.

White House rolls out relief program for millions of college debt holders

By | 10.26.11 | 7:19 pm

A conference call with reporters today revealed more details about the Obama administration’s plan to roll out a program for student debt relief.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan Duncan, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes and Raj Date, Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on the More…

Unemployment rate unchanged, more workers forced into part-time employment

By | 10.07.11 | 9:30 am

September’s job numbers indicate the unemployment rate remained steady at 9.1 percent, and that nearly half (44 percent) of the 14 million looking for work have been jobless for 27 weeks or longer.

103,000 jobs were created since August, buoyed by a work resolution between the Communications Workers of More…

August job growth a net-zero gain

By | 09.02.11 | 11:10 am | More from The New Mexico Independent

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its August jobs report Friday morning, finding that a small increase in private-sector employment of 17,000 jobs was exactly offset by a loss of 17,000 public-sector jobs. Unemployment remains unchanged at 9.1 percent.

Georgetown study says college degree still worth the front-end costs

By | 08.10.11 | 6:36 pm

Despite the soaring costs of college (rising at 3 percent above inflation for over a decade), a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workplace argues the lifetime financial benefits are still worth the five-digit amounts of debt graduates endure.

Unemployment drops slightly to 9.1%, 117K jobs created in July

By | 08.05.11 | 9:46 am

The U.S. economy gained 117,000 jobs in the month of July, a net increase driven entirely by the private sector. About 154,000 private sector jobs were created in July, even as 37,000 government jobs were lost due to state and local government budget cuts.

Monthly employment report shows slow job growth

By | 01.07.11 | 11:24 am

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released Friday its monthly jobs report showing that the unemployment rate declined from 9.8 percent to 9.4 percent — a decrease that is less remarkable upon further examination. The economy added 103,000 jobs in the last month — with the private sector adding 113,000 More…

National unemployment rate rises to 9.8 percent

By | 12.03.10 | 9:15 am | More from The Michigan Messenger

This morning’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics contained much bad news. Despite some promising signs that the economy is improving the national unemployment rate jumped from 9.6 to 9.8 percent.

Non-farm employment increased by only 39,000 jobs, not nearly enough to cover the increase of new More…

Job Openings Unchanged, Workers Still Competing 4.6 to 1

By | 10.07.10 | 1:34 pm

Today, the Labor Department reported (PDF) that the number of available jobs remained mostly unchanged between July and August — holding at about 3.2 million. In August, there were 14.9 million Americans unemployed. The job openings rate (job openings as a percentage of total jobs, 2.4 percent), hires rate More…

Labor Official: Don’t Worry About Likely Looming Spike in Jobless Rate

By | 02.05.10 | 3:28 pm

Related to the warnings from some economists that the official unemployment rate will likely jump again this year, a Labor Department official today conveyed this message to lawmakers: Don’t worry about it.

Testifying before the Joint Economic Committee, Keith Hall, commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, told More…