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The recovery is racist

Employment is down much more among black men than among any other race/gender group in the country.

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  • Sep 6, 2013
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This awesome video explains how to read the jobs data

So you know how many jobs we gained or lost last month. What should you make of that number?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 26, 2013
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The depressing reality of ‘the recovery': Americans aren’t getting jobs. They’re retiring.

If labor force participation hadn't declined between 2007 and 2012, then unemployment wouldn't have gone down one whit.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 24, 2013
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The jobs report, in seven charts

Like we always do at this time, let's dive deep into the data in this month's jobs report.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Mar 8, 2013
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The jobs report in six charts

As we do every month, let's break down today's job report, piece-by-piece, graphing as we go.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Feb 1, 2013
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The jobs report, in six charts

Today's jobs report, summarized in six charts.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Dec 7, 2012
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ADP: We gained 118,000 jobs in November. That’s really bad.

ADP is better at predicting final employment numbers than even the federal government. And its latest figures are bleak.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Dec 5, 2012
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ADP: We added 158,000 jobs in October

And note that the private payroll processing firm has a better track record than BLS, at least since the crisis hit.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Nov 1, 2012
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How one private forecaster is beating the government at tracking job growth

Private forecasters don't usually produce better data than the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But since the financial crisis hit, one forecaster has beaten the BLS on its own turf.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 9, 2012
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September jobs report said economy gained 114,000 jobs: Why that’s likely too low

Take Friday's report with a grain of salt. If the recovery to date is any indication, the 114,000 number is probably too low.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 8, 2012
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September jobs report: Where do these numbers come from?

We've been talking a lot about the jobs report. But have you ever wondered how the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates them?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 5, 2012
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Yes, we have no inflation

Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the latest Consumer Product Index (CPI) numbers today, giving the most recent estimate of the rate of inflation. The short version: there isn't any.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 15, 2012
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The jobs report in five charts

Today's jobs report was grim, to say the least. How grim? Let's take a look.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 6, 2012
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