Data Points: Labor

By Covering Business     February 20, 2012

Nonfarm Payrolls

  • Most common measure of the number of employed people in the country.
  • Typically expressed as a monthly change. (e.g. “The economy added 120,000 jobs in November.”)
  • Monthly change (Historical data since 1939 available) (Excel available) 
  • Net payrolls (1939-Today) (Excel available)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Unemployment Rate

Source: BLS

Average Hourly Earnings

Source: BLS

Hours Worked Per Week

Source: BLS

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