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Employment Situation

January 09, 2009
Nonfarm payroll employment declined sharply in December, and the unemployment rate rose from 6.8 to 7.2 percent. Payroll employment fell by 524,000 over the month and by 1.9 million over the last 4 months of 2008. In December, job losses were large and widespread across most major industry sectors. Full Text »

Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment (Monthly)

January 06, 2009
Unemployment rates were higher in November than a year earlier in 364 of the 369 metropolitan areas, lower in 4 areas, and unchanged in 1 area. Among the 310 metropolitan areas for which nonfarm payroll data were available, 93 recorded over-the-year employment gains, 210 reported losses, and 7 were unchanged. Full Text »

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Wives earning more than their husbands, 1987-2006

January 09, 2009
In 1987, 18 percent of working wives whose husbands also worked earned more than their spouses; in 2006, the proportion was 26 percent. Full Text »

Issues in Labor Statistics

Involuntary Part-Time Work on the Rise

Issues in Labor Statistics In November 2008, 7.3 million persons were employed part time for economic reasons, up by 3.4 million from a recent low of 3.9 million in April 2006.

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