Most Robust Growth in 5 Years, Yet Mixed Messages about the Employment Outlook

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Most Robust Growth in 5 Years, Yet Mixed Messages about the Employment Outlook

Friday’s employment situation report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics was stronger than anticipated with non-farm private payroll showing increased employment of 268,000 last month, surpassing March’s strong showing of 231,000. This growth is the most robust in five years, and marks the seventh straight month of employment increases. Nonetheless, jobless rate climbed and government jobs fell by 24,000.

The 43,000 surge in jobless claims is explained by various factors but nonetheless was higher than last month. The unemployment rate went from 8.8% to 9.0% month over month. The longer trend remains positive: The economy has added 2.1 million private sector jobs over 14 consecutive months, including more than 800,000 jobs since the beginning of the year. The unemployment rate rose to 9.0 percent, but remains 0.8 percentage point below its November level”, according to Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors. Read more »