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November Unemployment Rate Unchanged at Lowest Level in Nearly 50 Years

By: Beth Burnham Mace  |  December 07, 2018

The unemployment rate remained low at 3.7% in November, which is the lowest rate since December 1969. The jobless rate remains well below the rate of what is generally believed to be the “natural rate of unemployment” of 4.5%, which suggests that upward pressure on wage rates will continue. Further indications that this is in fact starting to occur were released in the report. Average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose in November by six cents to $27.35. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have increased by 81 cents, or 3.1%. This was the same as last month and the strongest pace since 2009. Last year, they rose by 2.6%.

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October Jobless Rate Remains at Lowest Level Since 1969

By: Beth Burnham Mace  |  November 02, 2018

The unemployment rate held steady at 3.7% in October, which is the lowest rate since December 1969. The jobless rate remains well below the rate of what is generally believed to be the “natural rate of unemployment” of 4.5%, which suggests that there will be building pressure on wage rate growth.

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Five Key Takeaways from NIC’s Third Quarter 2018 Seniors Housing Data Release

By: Beth Burnham Mace  |  October 17, 2018

NIC MAP® Data Service clients attended a webinar in mid-October on the key seniors housing data trends during the third quarter of 2018.  Key takeaways included the following:

Economic Trends  |  Workforce

September Jobless Rate Falls to Lowest Level Since 1969

By: Beth Burnham Mace  |  October 05, 2018

The Labor Department reported that there were 134,000 jobs created in the U.S. economy in September, well below the consensus expectation of 180,000.  However, revisions added 87,000 to the prior two months as August was revised to 270,000 from 201,000 and July to 165,000 from 147,000. The September figure may have been negatively affected by Hurricane Florence. Payrolls have averaged 190,000 per month for the last three months, up from 182,000 last year.

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