Posts Tagged: ‘Unemployment’

Trending Now: Consumer Spending on the Rise, Personal Incomes Remain Flat

January 31, 2014 Posted by kingcade

The Commerce Department has reported that consumer spending increased 0.4 percent after rising by a revised 0.6 percent in November. Consumer spending recorded its strongest gain in three years in the fourth quarter, helping lift the economy to a 3.2 percent annual growth rate.

However, income was unchanged last month after rising 0.2 percent in November. This is a possible reflection of the end of jobless benefits for approximately 1.3 million long-term unemployed last month. Weak income growth combined with strong spending means less savings for Americans. The saving rate – the percentage of disposable income households are saving – fell to an 11-month low of 3.9 percent in December.

Both inflation measures remain stuck below the Federal Reserve’s 2 percent target. That suggests that the Federal Reserve, which is gradually reducing the amount of money it is supplying the economy, will hold interest rates near zero for a while.

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Job Growth Significantly Slows During March

April 12, 2013 Posted by kingcade

The job market has remained steady through most of 2012 and the beginning of 2013. However, during the month of March employers added fewer jobs than any other month in almost a year. The numbers are discouraging because job growth is one of the greatest indicators of economic recovery. In February, 268,000 jobs were added to the market and in March, only 88,000 jobs were created. The unemployment rate dropped to a four-year low of 7.6% during March. Experts say the decline in unemployment was prompted by nearly a half-million workers leaving the job market and not by growth. This decline was the result of layoffs, retirements and other reasons.

The decline in job growth is not a new trend; it’s also referred to as a “springtime swoon.” It is not uncommon for hiring to start strong early in the year and wilt away as the weather warms. Some economists believe that March’s report may represent a payback for the significant growths during January and February. Others attributed the decline to budget turmoil in Washington or unusually cold weather in parts of the country. No matter the reason, analysts cautioned against reading too much into the rates from only one month. During March, employers added 20,000 temporary workers and 18,000 construction workers, which reflects the recovery of the real estate market. Sectors such as transportation lost jobs during the month of March.

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One in Ten People Denied Jobs Due to Employer Credit Checks

March 12, 2013 Posted by kingcade

A recent survey from Demos found that one in four unemployed people were required to go through a credit check when applying for a job. The survey also found that one in ten people were denied employment due to information on their credit report. The survey was conducted on 1,000 low and middle-income households. Most people believe credit checks are only required when applying for senior level positions; however, the study found that credit checks are commonly used for entry-level or low-paying positions as well. It is likely that some workers denied a position due to their credit score have errors on their report. According to the Federal Trade Commission, one in five consumers has an error on their credit report.

Demos also surveyed the reason for bad credit and found that two common factors for bad credit scores are unemployment and the loss of health insurance. The report attributes many of those with bad credit to poor misfortune and a suffering economy and says little of how these people would perform at work. The survey also found that minorities are affected more by these credit checks than white households. African-American households had an average unemployment rate of 14% at the end of 2012 and Hispanic households had an average of 10%. These are much higher than white households, which were at 6% at the end of 2012, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

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Slow Hiring – The Reason for Many Jobless Claims

February 14, 2013 Posted by kingcade

Last week, unemployment claims fell slightly. However, jobless claims seem to be driven by slow hiring. According to the Labor Department, first-time jobless claims fell last week to 366,000 from 371,000 the previous week. First-time jobless claims are extremely important to the economy because they are considered a proxy for layoffs. Over the last month, jobless claims have bounced around, making the state of the job market recovery unclear to economists.

January’s early jobless claims plummeted to a five-year low, but have shot back up in the past few weeks. Currently they are hovering in the same range they have been for most of the last year, between 350,000 – 400,000 per week. According to an economist at BMO Capital Markets, businesses are still extremely cautious about hiring new employees. The Labor Department also records people who file continuing unemployment claims. During the week ending January 26th, 3.2 million people filed continuing unemployment claims.

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Rise in Unemployment in 2013

January 16, 2013 Posted by kingcade

There has been a slight rise in claims for unemployment benefits just two weeks into the New Year. Economists say this is an indicator of the current state of the job market. During the first week of the year, approximately 371,000 people filed first-time unemployment claims, 4,000 more than the last week in December. Although the job market recovery has a long way to go, it has improved since the height of the recession when weekly unemployment claims surged above 600,000. There were roughly 12.2 million Americans jobless during December, meaning the unemployment rate for the month was 7.8%.

Unemployment claims seemed to have leveled off during 2012, ranging from 350,000 to 400,000 throughout most of the year. The U.S. economy has added an average of 150,000 jobs to the market each month throughout 2012; a rate that barely keeps up with the population growth each month. Economists say that if the market could reduce filings to 320,000 and 350,000 claims per week in 2013, this would greatly improve the economy. If claims were in this range, approximately 250,000 jobs would be added to the economy each month.

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