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Jennifer Schramm

Jen Schramm is a senior strategic policy advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute. Her areas of expertise include employment trends, policy challenges and opportunities related to workers and jobseekers ages 50 and above, and skills and credentialing for mid- and late-career workers. Read her full biography.
September 2019 Employment Summary
The unemployment rate declines to a 50-year low but hiring slows in September. Plus, a look at international efforts to promote longer careers.
August 2019 employment figures table
Hiring slowed in August as the labor market added +130,000 jobs, and payroll gains for June and July combined were revised down.
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Research finds that overall the likelihood of re-careering declines with age, suggesting that older workers may face additional hurdles transitioning into new occupations.
Chart displaying June 2019 employment data
The labor market rebounded in June 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) monthly Employment Situation.
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The number of jobs added to the economy fell sharply in May, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
April 2019 table
Employment was up again in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly Employment Situation data.
Mar 2019
Employment rebounded in March with the economy adding 196,000 jobs, up sharply from only 33,000 jobs added in February (revised up from +20,000 jobs), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly Employment Situation data.
Feb 2019
Overall, the economy added only 20,000 jobs in February, a sharp decrease from the 311,000 jobs added in January (revised up from +304,000) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly Employment Situation data.
The unemployment rate increased to 4.0 percent in January according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Dec 2018 blog table
The economy added 312,000 jobs in December, a strong increase from the 176,000 jobs added in November (revised up from 155,000), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ December Employment Situation Summary.
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