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  • Employment Surprises on the Upside

    The creation of 175,000 jobs in May by the U.S. economy, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was taken as good news mainly because economists, pundits, and investors were expecting a mediocre or worse report (even though it was only a little better than mediocre).

    National 10 June 2013 13:39
  • Employment Up Ahead of Sequester

    In creating 236,000 jobs in February, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, the economy surprised on the upside, since some economists had fretted that the looming sequester might have made employers nervous.

    National 11 March 2013 13:34
  • Trade Numbers Point to 4Q Growth

    The U.S. Department of Commerce reported on Friday that the U.S. trade deficit dropped from $48.6 billion in November to $38.5 billion, both as the result of rising exports and dropping imports.

    National 11 February 2013 14:28
  • Employment Gains Disappointingly Meager

    Employment growth nationwide in August was as anemic as the corn crop in the Midwest, with a net addition of only 96,000 jobs, well below the monthly average thus far this year of 139,000 per month, and not enough in the long run (or even mid-term) to keep up with population growth.

    National 10 September 2012 13:53
  • Employment Growth Up, But Economy Still Spinning Its Wheels

    Though the report turned out better than expected, July's employment numbers still count as mediocre.

    National 07 August 2012 15:57
  • Private Sector Hiring on All Cylinders

    The U.S. private sector carried the entire load of creating jobs in February, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday, with private payroll employment increasing by a net of 233,000 positions.

    National 12 March 2012 13:47