U.S. Department of Labor

Chicago Ties Birmingham, Alabama, For Highest Jobless Rate Among Large Metro Areas In December

This morning the U.S. Department of Labor handed the Chicago metropolitan area some bad news on the employment front. From a Bureau of Labor Statistics news release this morning entitled “Metropolitan Area Employment And Unemployment- December 2016”:

Of the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Mass.-N.H., had the lowest unemployment rate in December, 2.5 percent, followed by Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colo., 2.6 percent, and Salt Lake City, Utah, 2.7 percent. Birmingham-Hoover, Ala., and Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Ill.-Ind.-Wis., had the highest jobless rates among the large areas, 5.4 percent each.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Worrisome.

You can read the entire BLS news release here (.pdf format).

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 Business, Employment, Government Comments Off on Chicago Ties Birmingham, Alabama, For Highest Jobless Rate Among Large Metro Areas In December

16,700 Illinois Jobs Gone In December

Illinois lost 4,500 jobs in November, followed by a whopping 16,700 jobs last month. From an Illinois Department of Employment Security news release Friday:

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate in December inched up +0.1 percentage points to 5.7 percent and nonfarm payrolls decreased by -16,700 jobs over the month, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES. November job growth was revised down to show a decrease of -4,500 jobs rather than the preliminary figure of +1,700 jobs. The downward revision, coupled with the drop in December payrolls kept job growth well below the national average, with Illinois -52,500 jobs short of its peak employment level reached in September 2000.

“Nonfarm payrolls reflect the job market and this kind of drop is troubling, to say the least,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “It’s the largest monthly decline we’ve seen this year and the drop was across most sectors.”

“Another month of climbing unemployment numbers that are far from the national average,” said Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Acting Director Sean McCarthy. “Illinois needs structural reforms and a balanced budget to attract new jobs and investment in our state. We cannot repair the damage of losing 11,000 manufacturing jobs, 9,700 construction jobs and 5,800 information and financial activities jobs over the course of just one year without real changes that create growth and opportunity in our economy.”

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

To be fair, IDES added:

Over the year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +28,400 jobs with the largest gains in two industry sectors: Professional and Business Services (+31,600); and Leisure and Hospitality (+11,900)…

Hmm. “Professional and Business Services,” which includes temporary staffing (booming after the bust). And “Leisure and Hospitality,” one of the lowest-wage sectors of the economy. Get where I’m going with this?

January’s job report should be interesting.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Monday, January 23rd, 2017 Business, Employment, Government, Manufacturing Comments Off on 16,700 Illinois Jobs Gone In December

Most Americans’ Incomes Fell Last Year, Except For Highest Earners

Here’s some economic data many Americans might not be too pleased to learn about. From an April 2 new release on the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics website, entitled “Consumer Expenditures Survey Midyear Update News Release”:

Average incomes fell for a second year, showing a decrease of 0.9 percent…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

The BLS pointed out that average income before taxes suffered a -.9 percent change between July 2012-June 2013 ($65,029) and July 2013-June 2014 ($64,432)

The news release also illustrated the percent change in income before taxes between July 2012-June 2013 and July 2013-June 2014 for five different U.S. income quintiles. It wasn’t pretty:

• Lowest 20th percentile, $10,174 to $9,818, -3.5 percent
• Second 20th percentile, $27,094 to $26,369, -2.7 percent
• Third 20th percentile, $47,017 to $45,724, -2.8 percent
• Fourth 20th percentile, $75,990 to $74,410, -2.1 percent
• Highest 20th percentile, $164,647 to $166,048, 0.9 percent

A number of entities are using the data in an attempt to demonstrate growing income inequality in the U.S.

However, I see these numbers and think, further evidence of America’s poor economic health.

You can view the entire news release on the BLS website here.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Monday, April 6th, 2015 Government, Income, Main Street, Wealth Comments Off on Most Americans’ Incomes Fell Last Year, Except For Highest Earners

Chicago-Area Unemployment Rate Rises To 9.7 Percent In July

There was good and bad news yesterday for the Chicago metro area concerning employment. First, the good. From a Thursday news release on the Illinois Department of Employment Security website concerning jobs and payrolls in July 2013:

Jobs increased in four metros and declined in eight. Largest increases: Champaign-Urbana (+2.4 percent, +2,400), Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (+1.9 percent, +69,800), and Kankakee-Bradley (+0.5 percent, +200). Industry sectors increasing in the most metros: Leisure and Hospitality (eight of 12) and Educational and Health Services (seven of 12).

69,000 more jobs in July for the Chicago area compared to a year ago. Good to hear.

And the bad? Also from that release:

July local unemployment rates fell in seven of 12 metro areas, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Not seasonally adjusted data compares July 2013 to July 2012. Largest decreases: Metro East ( 1.0 point to 8.6 percent), Lake County (-0.4 to 8.4 percent) and Rockford ( 0.3 to 11.4 percent). Largest increases: Decatur (+1.9 points to 13.2 percent), Peoria (+1.4 to 9.4 percent), Danville (+1.2 to 11.8 percent) and Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (+0.3 to 9.7 percent).

The Chicagoland unemployment rate increased .3 percent last month to 9.7 percent when compared to July 2012. Not so good.

And even though local unemployment rates fell in a number of metro areas across the “Land of Lincoln” last month, when Illinois was matched up against the other 50 states, it had the second highest unemployment rate in the country- 9.2 percent– after Nevada (9.5 percent).

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics website, 8 states had an unemployment rate under 5 percent last month – Iowa (4.8 percent), Utah, Vermont, Wyoming (all 4.6 percent), Hawaii (4.5 percent), Nebraska (4.2 percent), South Dakota (3.9 percent), and North Dakota (3.0 percent)

Neighbors Wisconsin and Indiana came in at numbers 20 (6.8 percent) and 39 (8.4 percent), respectively.

You can read the entire IDES new release on their website here.

You can view the July 2012 unemployment rates for all 50 states on the BLS website here.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Friday, August 23rd, 2013 Employment Comments Off on Chicago-Area Unemployment Rate Rises To 9.7 Percent In July

49,000 Fewer Jobs In September, October Than Previously Reported

“171,000 jobs added in October; jobless rate 7.9%”

USA TODAY website, November 2, 2012

“Obama Says October Jobs Report Shows ‘Real Progress’”

-ABC News website, November 2, 2012

“October jobs report: The economy is doing better than we thought”

Washington Post website, November 2, 2012

“Jobs report may help Obama in tight election race”

-Reuters website, November 2, 2012

Back on November 2, 2012, the federal government informed the public that 171,000 jobs were added in October.

And 148,000 jobs were added in September.

As it turns out, those employment numbers were overstated. By 49,000 jobs, no less.

Somehow, I don’t think many readers of this blog are going to be surprised to hear that.

From a Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Summary released earlier today:

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for September was revised from +148,000 to +132,000, and the change for October was revised from +171,000 to +138,000.

171,000 jobs down to 138,000 in October? That’s tens of thousands of jobs the Obama administration was given credit for creating even though (we now know) they never even existed. I’m sure that 171,000 number helped sway a number of undecided voters over to the Democrats’ camp.

I’ve heard it said before. “Barack Obama is the luckiest U.S. President ever.” And I might agree based on the above if I weren’t also convinced the next four years will be an incredibly-trying time for the nation, much less the White House.

President Obama is going to need all the luck he can get keeping our economy and financial system afloat- among other things.

You can read the entire December BLS jobs report on their website here.

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Friday, December 7th, 2012 Employment, Government, Political Parties Comments Off on 49,000 Fewer Jobs In September, October Than Previously Reported

U.S. Job Openings Plummet To 5-Month Low

If you’re unemployed, planning on changing careers, or looking to pick up another job- you might want to take care of that as soon as possible.

That was something I shared with others as hiring picked up in the much-touted U.S. economic “recovery.”

I said this because I suspected it was only a matter of time until the effects from all the government and central bank intervention and stimulus wore off, and the economy and labor market went south again.

And now, there are signs that window of opportunity may be starting to close.

From Lucia Mutikani on the Reuters (India) website tonight:

U.S. job openings dropped to a five-month low in April amid a widespread decline in vacancies in all sectors of the economy, underscoring the recent weakness in the labor market.

Job openings – a measure of labor demand – fell 325,000 to 3.42 million, the lowest level since November, the Labor Department said in its monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey on Tuesday…

With 12.5 million Americans out of work in April, the drop in vacancies means there are no jobs for more than two out of every three unemployed people.

If you are unemployed, planning on changing careers, or looking to pick up another job, I wish you all the best in your search. And once you do land that position, it’s probably wise to make yourself indispensable.

Source:

Mutikani, Lucia. “UPDATE 1-U.S. job openings hit five-month low in April.” Reuters. 19 June 2012. (http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/06/19/usa-economy-jobs-idINL1E8HJ5LP20120619). 19 June 2012.

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