A data chart image of Productivity up in wholesale trade, retail trade, and food services and drinking places in 2015

Productivity up in wholesale trade, retail trade, and food services and drinking places in 2015

August 26, 2016

Labor productivity rose 1.6 percent in wholesale trade, 3.0 percent in retail trade, and 1.8 percent in food services and drinking places in 2015. Unit labor costs, which reflect the total labor costs required to produce a unit of output, also rose in all three industry groups.

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August 25, 2016

A data chart image of Employment in national parks in 2015

Employment in national parks in 2015

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25. The park service manages some of our nation’s most scenic and historic treasures, 412 of them in all. To help celebrate the centennial, here’s a brief look at employment in federal museums, historical sites, zoos, and parks in 2015.

August 24, 2016

A data chart image of Arkansas and Tennessee unemployment rates decline 1.3 percentage points from July 2015 to July 2016

Arkansas and Tennessee unemployment rates decline 1.3 percentage points from July 2015 to July 2016

From July 2015 to July 2016, 10 states and the District of Columbia experienced statistically significant unemployment rate decreases, the largest of which occurred in Arkansas and Tennessee.

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A data chart image of New York added 37,500 jobs in July 2016

New York added 37,500 jobs in July 2016

In July 2016, 15 states had statistically significant over-the-month increases in nonfarm payroll employment in July 2016. The largest job gains occurred in New York (+37,500), California (+36,400), and Florida (+28,100). In percentage terms, the largest increases occurred in North Dakota and Vermont (+1.0 percent each), followed by Maine (+0.7 percent).

August 22, 2016

A data chart image of Youth unemployment rate, 11.5 percent; employment–population ratio, 53.2 percent in July 2016

Youth unemployment rate, 11.5 percent; employment–population ratio, 53.2 percent in July 2016

The youth labor force grows sharply between April and July each year. Students search for or take summer jobs, and many graduates enter the labor market.

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