The unemployment rate was 4.8% in December 2007 when the recession was declared official, and as of the April 2010 jobs report on Friday, it was 9.9%. We did have the best monthly gain in jobs in four years on the April report with +290k jobs (or +224k ex-Census workers), but we’ve lost 7.72m jobs since the recession began. Need a string of April-like numbers to sustain a recovery. You can hover over chart below to see official BLS-reported unemployment rates for each month in this series beginning in 1990. The link above will take you to the most recent data from last Friday.
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- Lowest Initial Jobless since May 2007
- Purchase Applications up week/week but down year/year.
- Encouraging Fundamentals
- Inside the BLS Employment Situation Report
- Modest Improvement in Jobs.
- Jobless Claims low but Employment/Population Ratio Falls.
- Encouraging ADP Private Jobs.
- Manufacturing Growing
- Chicago down, Texas up.
- Purchase Applications -17% Year/Year.