May 25, 2016
In 2015, there were 26.3 million foreign-born people in the U.S. civilian labor force. The share of the labor force that was foreign born was 16.7 percent. The foreign born made up 28.1 percent of the labor force in Pacific states and 21.2 percent in Middle Atlantic states. The foreign born made up the smallest share of the labor force in East South Central (5.2 percent), West North Central (7.1 percent), and East North Central states (9.4 percent).read full article »
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May 24, 2016
In 2015, labor productivity rose in 15 of 28 selected service-providing industries. Output grew in all 15 industries with increasing productivity, except newspaper publishers, where output fell 4.6 percent, and line-haul railroads, where output was unchanged. Hours worked declined in 9 of the 28 industries.
May 23, 2016
Multifactor productivity accounts for the effects of both capital and labor. It is designed to measure the joint influences of technological change, efficiency improvements, and other factors of economic growth. Multifactor productivity grew 0.9 percent annually from 1987 to 2015 in private nonfarm businesses. Over the 2007–15 period, multifactor productivity grew 0.4 percent per year on average.
May 20, 2016
Real average hourly earnings for all employees increased 1.3 percent, seasonally adjusted, from April 2015 to April 2016. This increase in real average hourly earnings combined with no change in the average workweek resulted in a 1.3-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period.
May 19, 2016
The Consumer Price Index for energy declined 8.9 percent over the year ended in April, driven by a 13.8-percent decrease in gasoline prices. Prices for natural gas (-6.5 percent) and electricity (-2.1 percent) also contributed to the decline. Prices for other motor fuels, fuel oil, and propane, kerosene, and firewood were also down for the year, but together only makeup 3.2 percent of the broader energy index.
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