Katherine Stevens

About Katherine Stevens

Katherine Stevens works in Adecco’s marketing department. A lover of language, she has a BA in Broadcast Journalism and an MSc in TESOL and Linguistics. Never without a cup of Earl Grey in hand, she enjoys researching and developing content to help candidates find their perfect career match. Outside of the office, she is continuously seeking out adventure and learning new recipes one wok at a time.

Professional & Business Services Sector Leads September’s Job Growth

October US Jobs ReportIn September, the United States generated 248,000 new jobs, a huge jump from last month’s gain of 142,000. The positive news continued as the unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage points — dropping from 6.1% to 5.9%, which is the lowest we’ve seen since September 2008. Over the past year, the unemployment rate has declined by 1.3 percentage points and the unemployed persons by 19 million.

In the third quarter, job growth vacillated, improving upon the second quarter’s success. Revised numbers were released, showing that both July and August experienced combined growth of 69,000 more than previously reported. The July payroll number was revised from +212,000 to +243,000 and the August numbers were revised from +142,000 to +180,000.
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The Jobs Report by Metro-Area – How Did Your Region Do?

BLS-regional-metro-data-on-BLS-employment-reportThe national BLS “The Employment Situation report – September 2014” report showed an unexpected surge in employment, adding 248,000 new jobs to the economy – 100,000+ more jobs than the previous month. Economists are hopeful that this upswing will continue as we enter into the fourth quarter.

Looking to the BLS’ latest “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment” report, both regional and state unemployment rates saw little change in the United States during the month of August. Last month, the national unemployment rate showed little change, dropping just .1 percentage points to 6.2 – 1.1 percentage points lower than August 2013. Overall unemployment changes have been positive, with forty-five states and the District of Columbia showing unemployment rate decreases over the past 12 months.
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September’s Job Gains Back to 200,000+

Job-Market-TodaySource: BLS “The Employment Situation report – September 2014”

The job market is looking up! The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its September 2014 unemployment report this morning, showing an overall monthly gain of 248,000 jobs – considerably higher than last month’s reported gain of 142,000. The unemployment rate also saw an impressive decline of 0.2 percentage points, dropping from 6.1 percent to 5.9 percent, which is the lowest rate we’ve seen since September, 2008.

Revisions to prior months show that both July and August experienced more growth than was previously reported. The July payroll number was revised from +212,000 to +243,000 and the August number was revised from +142,000 to +180,000. That makes a combined 69,000 more jobs than initially reported.
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While Most Metropolitan Areas Show Improvement, the West Continues To Have the Highest Unemployment in the US

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“The Employment Situation — July 2014” national BLS report showed a continuation of monthly job gains, adding 209,000 new jobs to the economy. This marks the sixth straight month we’ve seen increases of 200,000+ jobs.

Both regional and state unemployment rates saw little change in the United States metropolitan areas, according to the BLS’ latest “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment” report. In June, the national unemployment rate declined slightly to 6.1 percent – 1.4 percentage points lower than a year earlier. In fact, forty-nine states and the District of Columbia have seen unemployment rate decreases over the past year.

Looking deeper into the June metro area numbers, Bismarck, North Dakota once again led the nation with the lowest unemployment rate — now at 2.6 percent, an increase of 0.4 percentage points from May. Of the 372 metropolitan areas, 10 had jobless rates of at least 10 percent, whereas 74 areas had rates of less than 5.0 percent.

In other positive news, unemployment decreased in 359 of 372 metropolitan areas, increased in 10 areas and was unchanged in 3 areas. Additionally, each of the 34 metropolitan divisions had over-the-year employment gains since June 2013. The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment among these divisions occurred in Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla. (+3.7 percent), followed by Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+3.6 percent each).

Here are some key regional highlights from the BLS “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — June 2014” report:
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Metropolitan Employment Showing Improvement Nationwide

Jobs report: in your regionSources: Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment Report – May 2014Regional and State Employment and Unemployment – May 2014

The national BLS “The Employment Situation — June 2014” report showed another surge in employment, adding 288,000 new jobs to the economy, the fifth straight month to show 200,000+ job gains.  Economists are hopeful that this upswing will continue as we enter the third quarter.

Both regional and state unemployment rates saw little change in the United States metropolitan areas, according to the BLS’ latest Metropolitan Employment and Unemployment report. In May, the national unemployment rate held at 6.3 percent after April’s drop of 0.4 percent, proving to be 1.2 percentage points lower than it had been a year earlier. In fact, forty-nine states and the District of Columbia have seen unemployment rate decreases over the past year.
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June’s Jobs Report Shows Widespread Growth Across Industries

201302-wpe-post-headerSource: BLS June jobs report

In June, the United States generated 288,000 new jobs, making it the fifth straight month in which we’ve seen job gains of 200,000+. The positive news continued as the unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage points — dropping from 6.3% to 6.1%, which is the lowest we’ve seen since September 2008. Over the past year, the unemployment rate has declined by 1.4 percentage points and the unemployed persons by 2.3 million.

In May, job growth had continued to over 200,000 new jobs, improving upon March and April’s success. Revised numbers were released in June, showing that both April and May had seen growth of 29,000 more than previously reported. The May payroll number was revised from +217,000 to +224,000 and the April numbers were revised from +282,000 to +304,000.

This month, employment gains were widespread across sectors, and the professional and business services saw the largest increase, with an addition of 67,000 jobs. Temporary help services also continued its upward trend, gaining an average of 2.16 million jobs over the last year.

Employment gains were widespread across sectors with the highest gains led by professional and business services, retail trade and food services and drinking places. Here are some key sector highlights from the BLS “The Employment Situation – June 2014” jobs report:
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