Fewer Jobs Added in August but Labor Force Participation of the 55+ Holds Steady

Employment overview Though hiring slowed in August, the labor force participation rate for those ages 55 and older rose slightly to 40.2 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ August Employment Situation Report found that the overall labor force participation rate remained unchanged at 62.9 percent and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.4 percent with 7.1 million unemployed persons.  Jobs were added in manufacturing, construction, professional and technical services, health care, and mining. While the unemployment rate for those …

Long-Term Unemployment Down for People Ages 55+ in July

  Employment overview   While many employment indicators for the 55+ were unchanged from June, the July 2017 Employment Situation Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that more people ages 55+ were employed and a lower percentage of jobseekers ages 55+ were experiencing long-term unemployment.  Overall, the economy added 209,000 jobs in July, down from 231,000 (revised) in June.  The unemployment rate for those ages 55 and older was virtually unchanged at 3.2 percent with 1.2 million of …

Unemployment of Workers Ages 55+ Edges Up in June Despite Strong Jobs Growth

Employment overview The economy added 222,000 jobs last month, up from 152,000 (revised) in May according to the June Employment Situation Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Though the number of jobs increased, more people, such as previously discouraged workers or new graduates, joined the labor force, edging the unemployment rate up slightly to 4.4. percent.  Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for those ages 55 and older was 3.2 percent with 1.2 million of the 55+ unemployed.  The labor force …

Economy Adds Jobs in January

Employment Overview January 2017 saw job gains of 227,000, up from 157,000 in December. Leading industries for job growth were retail trade, construction and financial. In addition, average hourly earnings by employees on private payrolls increased by 3 cents an hour to $26. The monthly Employment Situation Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics gives a broad picture of the current state of the job market. Despite job gains, the unemployment rate ticked up to 4.8 percent. The number of …

Millennials Continue to Struggle for Success

Part of the promise of the American Dream is that each generation will do better than the last. Has that happened with our adult children, the millennials? Well, “yes and no,” reports the U.S. Census Bureau. Our children are better educated as a generation, yet more are living in poverty and they have lower rates of employment.  “Young Adults, Then and Now,” released last week by the Census Bureau, examines the nation’s current 73 million young adults, 18 to 34 …

Holiday Hiring Season Should Be Jolly

If you’re looking for work this holiday season, there’s reason to be ho-ho-hopeful. Employers are expected to hire more than 800,000 seasonal workers as the economy continues to improve and consumer spending picks up, according to an annual holiday hiring forecast. John A. Challenger, CEO of the outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas in Chicago, which issued the forecast, says the hiring spree will take place in October, November and December. If his projections are correct, it would be the first …