Friday, January 6, 2012

U.S. Employment Data: Strong Jobs Report Shakes Up the Election Season

Everyone knows what this election will be about: jobs, jobs, jobs. If so, the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics should shake things up a little.

The headline number in the report is a relatively robust gain of 200,000 jobs in December, confirming that the jobs market is picking up after a mid-year slump. The November gain was revised downward from 120,000 reported last month to just 100,000, but that was partly offset by an upward revision of the October figure from an originally-reported 100,000 to 112,000. There was good news in the line-by-line numbers, as well. Goods-producing jobs increased by 48,000, after a decrease in November.
Read the complete commentary then,  follow this link to view or download a classroom-ready slideshow with charts of the latest jobs data.

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