A data chart image of Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers had median hourly wages of $36.38 in May 2015

Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers had median hourly wages of $36.38 in May 2015

January 19, 2017

In May 2015, there were over 9 million production workers employed in the United States; their median hourly wage was $15.51. Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers had the highest median hourly wages ($36.38) among the 50 production occupation groups.

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The Producer Price Index for final demand climbed 1.6 percent in 2016, after falling 1.1 percent in 2015. The decrease in 2015 is the only December-to-December decline in the final demand index over the 2010–2016 period.

January 17, 2017

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Computer and electronic product manufacturing import prices down 7.3 percent since December 2012

From December 2012 to December 2016, import prices for computer and electronic product manufacturing decreased 7.3 percent. Prices for these imports originating from member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) experienced the largest percentage decline over this time period, falling 26.3 percent. Prices for computer and electronic product manufacturing imports originating from China decreased 8.1 percent.

January 13, 2017

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Unemployment rate and employment-population ratio vary by race and ethnicity

Labor market outcomes in the United States vary considerably across race and ethnicity groups. In 2016, for example, the overall civilian unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, while the rates for the major race and ethnicity groups ranged from 3.6 percent for Asians to 8.4 percent for Blacks or African Americans; the rates for Whites was 4.3 percent in 2016, and the rate for Hispanics or Latinos was 5.8 percent.

January 12, 2017

A data chart image of Over 1 million health care and social assistance job openings on last business day of November 2016

Over 1 million health care and social assistance job openings on last business day of November 2016

On the last business day of November 2016, there were 1,033,000 job openings in the health care and social assistance industry, yet there were only 566,000 hires in this industry over the month. Despite accounting for 21 percent of the 4,972,000 private industry job openings recorded at the end of the month, health care and social assistance accounted for just 12 percent of total private industry hires during the month. 

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