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    “Unemployment rate” holds at 8.2%, job growth stalls

    “Unemployment rate” holds at 8.2%, job growth stalls

    Just released June numbers:

    Nonfarm payroll employment continued to edge up in June (+80,000), and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Professional and business services added jobs,
    and employment in other major industries changed little over the month.

    Household Survey Data

    The number of unemployed persons (12.7 million) was essentially unchanged in June, and the unemployment rate held at 8.2 percent. (See table A-1.)

    Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for blacks (14.4 percent) edged up over the month, while the rates for adult men (7.8 percent), adult women (7.4 percent), teenagers (23.7 percent), whites (7.4 percent),
    and Hispanics (11.0 percent) showed little or no change. The jobless rate for Asians was 6.3 percent in June (not seasonally adjusted), little changed from a year earlier. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)

    In June, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) was essentially unchanged at 5.4 million. These individuals accounted for 41.9 percent of the unemployed. (See table A-12.)

    Both the civilian labor force participation rate and the employment-population ratio were unchanged in June at 63.8 and 58.6 percent, respectively. (See table A-1.)

    The really bad news is job growth has stalled:

    Total nonfarm payroll employment continued to edge up in June (+80,000). In the second quarter, employment growth averaged 75,000 per month, compared with an average monthly gain of 226,000 for the first quarter of the year. Slower job growth in the second quarter occurred in most major industries.

    The full report is here.

    What a disaster.  Can’t wait to see how The One spins it.


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    Henry Hawkins | July 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Final paragraph from today’s WaPo column by Dr. K. I especially chuckled over the last sentence:

    The Imperial Presidency Revisited

    The Republican presidential campaign centers on the ineffectiveness of this administration: failure at home, passivity abroad. A fine electoral strategy. But as citizens we should be grateful. Given the administration’s extravagant ambitions, incompetence is its saving grace.

    […] improvement,” and that hope is fading. Obama fans may try to spin this as no big deal, says William A. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection, but these numbers are an unmitigated “disaster.” Clearly, “there’s a lot […]

    […] what comes out when the lever is pulled?  Excuses. Joblessness. […]

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