Monday, December 7, 2009

Friday's jobs report

Much encouraging news in the jobs report released last Friday. Most news reports focused on the very modest decline in employment (11k instead of 100k+). Other good news: unemployment edged down slightly from 10.2 to 10.0 percent; average weekly hours worked increased by 0.2 (so maybe some people are getting more overtime?); and temporary employment rose by over 50k. It is way too early to claim that the labor market has bottomed out, but this report was much more optimistic than any we have seen this year.

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