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U.S. Jobs Created in 2014 Largest since 1999

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Crabtownboy, Feb 7, 2015.

  1. Crabtownboy

    Crabtownboy Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2008
    Last year's new job numbers in the United States were the highest since 1999.
    According to the U.S Department of Labor, more than 2 million jobs were created, dropping the nation's unemployment rate to 5.6% by the end of the year.

    The Department of Labor reports at least 200,000 jobs were added each month for the last 12 months, the first time this has happened in 20 years.

  2. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member

    Feb 18, 2006
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its January 2015 report on Friday, and the Obama administration is sure to be happy with its findings.

    According to the report, the U.S. economy added 257,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate moved up slightly to 5.7 percent. The number of full-time workers also increased, along with a slight improvement in wages.

    But despite all of the seemingly positive news, key economic indicators still suggest the economy has improved little over President Barack Obama’s time in office. Many Americans are actually worse off than they were at the start of 2014.

    Perhaps the most misleading aspect of the unemployment drop is that it fails to take the labor force participation rate—the number of people considered to be working or actively looking for work—into account when presenting unemployment data. This is especially important because since Oct. 2009, when the U.S. unemployment rate hit 10 percent, the number of workers considered to be a part of the workforce relative to the size of the population plummeted.

    In Oct. 2009, the labor force participation rate was 65 percent, according to the BLS. The most recent available data indicate that although the unemployment rate has fallen from 10 percent in Oct. 2009 to 5.7 percent in Jan. 2015, the participation rate has significantly dropped to 62.9 percent.

    The data show that one of the key reasons the unemployment has fallen is there are less people in the available labor pool relative to the population, not because the economy is growing at a rapid rate. If today’s labor participation rate existed back in Oct. 2009, the unemployment rate would have been 6.5 percent, not 10 percent. This means that since 2009, relatively speaking, the U.S. unemployment rate has improved by less than 1 percentage point.