The Jobs Report for October 2023: What a Mix of Goods and Bads

by Frank Stricker November 15, 2023 In the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Employment Situation for October, the official unemployment rate rose by a tenth of a percentage point to 3.9%. Many subcategories also increased by a tenth. One exception was that the unemployment rate for black teens fell from 24% to18.8%, a significant drop.… Read More The Jobs Report for October 2023: What a Mix of Goods and Bads

More Bad Good News? The Job Situation in September 2023 

by Frank Stricker October 11, 2023 In the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics’ jobs report, The Employment Situation—September 2023, the official unemployment rate stayed at 3.8%. The National Jobs for All Network’s comprehensive rate, including more job-needers and part-timers who want full-time work, was also stable but at a very high level of 9.2%. An… Read More More Bad Good News? The Job Situation in September 2023 

Not Enough Jobs, Not Enough Good Jobs: The Unemployment Report for August 2023

by Frank Stricker September 8, 2023 The Numbers Tell an Ambiguous Story The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Situation for August showed that unemployment rates were on the rise. The rate for Hispanics climbed from 4.4% to 4.9%, for whites from 3.1% to 3.4%, and for persons with disabilities from 6.9% to 7.4%. The Black… Read More Not Enough Jobs, Not Enough Good Jobs: The Unemployment Report for August 2023

The Unemployment Numbers for July.  Is There a Worker Shortage?

by Frank Stricker Does the United States currently have a general labor shortage? Clearly there are problems in specific locations and occupations. There are shortages at 911 call-centers across the country. The U.S. Postal Service is short of staff. In Los Angeles County where I live, the government legal infrastructure is a mess; there are shortages… Read More The Unemployment Numbers for July.  Is There a Worker Shortage?