A data chart image of Producer Price Index for final demand increased 2.6 percent in 2017

Producer Price Index for final demand increased 2.6 percent in 2017

January 17, 2018

The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 2.6 percent for the 12 months ending December 2017, after increasing by 1.7 percent for the previous 12 months.

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January 16, 2018

A data chart image of Import prices up 3.0 percent in 2017

Import prices up 3.0 percent in 2017

Prices for U.S imports increased 3.0 percent in 2017, after advancing 1.9 percent the previous year. The advance in 2017 was the largest calendar-year increase since import prices rose 8.5 percent in 2011.

January 12, 2018

A data chart image of Unemployment rates down in 304 of the 388 metropolitan areas over the year ending November 2017

Unemployment rates down in 304 of the 388 metropolitan areas over the year ending November 2017

Over the 12 months ending November 2017, unemployment rates were lower in 304 of the 388 metropolitan areas, higher in 67 areas, and unchanged in 17 areas. The national unemployment rate in November 2017 was 3.9 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 4.4 percent a year earlier.

January 11, 2018

A data chart image of 3.2 million quits in November 2017

3.2 million quits in November 2017

The number of quits, which are generally voluntary separations initiated by employees, was 3.2 million in November 2017. There were 1.7 million layoffs and discharges, which are involuntary separations initiated by employers. There were 341,000 other separations resulting from retirement, death, disability, and transfers to other locations of the same firm.

January 10, 2018

A data chart image of U-3 unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in December 2017; U-6 was 8.1 percent

U-3 unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in December 2017; U-6 was 8.1 percent

The unemployment rate was 4.1 percent for the third straight month in December 2017. The rate was down by 0.6 percentage point from the December 2016 rate of 4.7 percent. BLS publishes six alternative measures of labor underutilization, known as U-1 through U-6, each month. The U-6 rate was 8.1 percent in December 2017.

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