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Gross job gains exceed gross job losses by 1.0 million in fourth quarter 2015

July 29, 2016

In the fourth quarter of 2015, gross job gains in the private sector exceeded gross job losses for a net gain of 1.0 million jobs over that 3-month period.

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July 28, 2016

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Access to paid sick leave, vacations, and holidays varies by wage category

Among workers in private industry, 64 percent had access to paid sick leave in March 2016. Workers in lower wage categories were less likely to have access to paid sick leave than more highly paid workers. For private-industry workers with an average wage in the lowest 10 percent, 27 percent had access to paid sick leave; among workers with an average wage in the highest 10 percent, 87 percent had access to paid sick leave.

July 27, 2016

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Unemployment rate highest in Alaska, lowest in South Dakota in June 2016

South Dakota and New Hampshire had the lowest jobless rates in June, 2.7 percent and 2.8 percent, respectively. Alaska had the highest unemployment rate, 6.7 percent. In total, 21 states had unemployment rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 4.9 percent, 14 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 15 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.

July 26, 2016

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Oregon and Utah had largest percentage increase in employment since June 2015

From June 2015 to June 2016, 35 states had statistically significant increases in employment. Among those, the largest percentage increases occurred in Oregon and Utah (3.2 percent each), Delaware (3.1 percent), and Florida (3.0 percent). North Dakota (-3.3 percent) and Wyoming (-3.1 percent) had statistically significant percentage decreases in employment.

July 25, 2016

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Employment and earnings of geoscientists

In May 2015, the United States had about 32,000 people employed as geoscientists (not including hydrologists and geographers). On average, the mean annual wages of geoscientists were close to $106,000. Over 6,000 geoscientists were employed in the Houston, Texas, area; their average annual wages were nearly $158,000.

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