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Florida Adds 125,000 Jobs, Dropping Unemployment to 3.6%, Flagler’s at 3.8%

| November 17, 2017

In essence, the state saw little negative effect from Hurricane Irma despite its severity and the disruptions it spread over Florida.

Economy Adds 209,000 Jobs in 82nd Straight Month of Growth, Unemployment at 4.3%

| August 4, 2017

The unemployment rate was last this low in 2001, at the end of the Clinton boom, though wages have only recently started to improve at a pace ahead of inflation.

U.S. Economy Adds 235,000 Jobs,
Continuing Long Pace of Robust Growth

| March 10, 2017

The unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent, not quite the post-Great Recession low of 4.6 percent recorded last November, but close enough.

Economy Adds 292,000 Jobs in December for a 1990s-Like Total of 2.65 Million Over the Year

| January 8, 2016

The seven years of Obama’s presidency have netted 8.3 million jobs, after accounting for the millions of jobs lost in the housing crash, but warning signs abound.

Florida Loses 47,000 Jobs, Flagler 190, But Shrinking Labor Force Lowers Unemployment

| July 17, 2015

Florida’s labor force shrank by a significant 79,000 and Flagler’s by 325, bringing down their unemployment rates to 5.5 and 6.3 percent respectively.

Job Creation Surges to 321,000 as Year’s Totals Approach Best Showing Since 1999

| December 5, 2014

The national economy added 321,000 in October, the best showing since February 2012, when it added 332,000 jobs, and job-creation figures for September and October were revised upward, adding 44,000 jobs to the tally, for a total of 835,000 in the last three months. But the unemployment rate, calculated from a different survey, held at last month’s 5.8 percent.

Unemployment Falls to 5.9% as Economy Adds 248,000 Jobs, Brightening Outlook

| October 3, 2014

After nine months in the 6 percent range, the national unemployment rate in September fell to 5.9 percent, reaching a level last seen in July 2008, when it was rising fast.

288,000 New Jobs in June Add Up to 2.5 Million This Year, Most in Eight Years

| July 3, 2014

Unlike in previous months, the bright jobs picture in June was the result of more people getting jobs and fewer people losing them–as opposed to more people dropping out of the labor force.

Job Creation Exceeds 200,000 For 4th Straight Month Despite Slowdown in Economic Growth

| June 6, 2014

Despite a first-quarter decline of 1 percent in economic growth, the economy added 217,000 jobs in May for a total of 1.05 million jobs so far this year, a robust, sustained growth not seen since the end of the Great Recession.

Unemployment Falls Sharply to 6.3% as Economy Adds Nearly 300,000 Jobs, But Labor Pool Shrinks

| May 2, 2014

People are reentering the workforce, they’re applying for work, they’re finding jobs, with an economy in April adding more net jobs for the 50th consecutive month–ironically, one of the longest peace-time recoveries on record, following the Great Recession of 2007-08. But a huge number of people are also leaving the workforce. That has resulted in an unemployment report for April that looks very bright at first, but that dims somewhat when analyzed more closely.

Unemployment Falls to 5-Year Best 6.6%, But Job Creation Weakens to 113,000

| February 7, 2014

The national unemployment rate continues its steady downward fall, to 6.6 percent in January–its best showing since the 6.5 percent rate recorded in October 2008, when it was on its way up–but for the second month in a row, job creation fell far short of expectations, to 113,000. It was a revised 75,000 in December, the worst successive two-month results in a year and a half.

Shutdown-Delayed Unemployment Report: Rate Down to 7.2% But Only 148,000 New Jobs

| October 22, 2013

The September unemployment report due on Oct. 4 was released only at 8:30 this morning, delayed by the 16-day government shutdown. But it could have been predicted, as it follows the pattern of most reports of the past three years: anemic job growth, very slow decline in the unemployment rate, and checkered signs of improvement (or retreat, depending on your point of view) ahead.

Unemployment Rate Ticks Down to 7.3% But Job Creation Is a Hazy 162,000

| September 6, 2013

The 7.3 percent unemployment rate for August is the lowest rate since December 2008, but job creation remains anemic, and June and July figures were revised downward by 74,000 jobs. The economy is still generating barely half the jobs necessary to return to pre-recession health.

Unemployment Falls Slightly, Job Rolls Grow Slightly, Austerity’s Anemia Persists

| August 2, 2013

There’s nothing terribly bad about the July unemployment report, released this morning. There’s nothing terribly good about it, either: the economy added just 162,000 jobs, and the 7.4 percent unemployment rate is the lowest since December 2008, but improvements are at a crawl.

Despite Adding 600,000 Jobs in 3 Months, U.S. Unemployment Remains at 7.6%

| July 5, 2013

The U.S. economy added 195,000 jobs in June, and revised numbers increased April’s and May’s totals by 70,000 for a combined three-month job creation of nearly 600,000 jobs, but the unemployment rate remained at 7.6 percent, only 0.6 percent lower than it was a year ago.

U.S. Economy Adds 175,000 Jobs But Unemployment Rate Rises Again, to 7.6%

| June 7, 2013

The May unemployment rate of 7.6 percent is a decimal increase from April, and only a small decline from the 8.2 percent rate from a year ago as the U.S. economy continues to dawdle along, and in the face of further drags.

Grinding Down: U.S. Unemployment Falls to 7.5% as 165,000 Jobs Are Created

| May 3, 2013

The national unemployment rate ticked down to 7.5 percent in April, from 7.6 percent in March, as the economy added 165,000 jobs, a bit more than analysts had predicted. But job-creation figures for the two previous months were revised upward, with 332,000 jobs created in February (instead of 268,000) and 138,000 in March (instead of 88,000).

U.S. Economy Adds 600,000 Jobs in 3 Months, But Unemployment Edges Up to 7.9%

| February 1, 2013

The nation’s economy added 157,000 jobs in January, and revisions to November and December figures added 127,000 jobs to previous calculations, for a total of 600,000 new jobs in the last three months. Still, the unemployment rate went up a fraction, to 7.9 percent: job growth hasn’t been robust enough to go beyond the natural growth in the workforce.

Economy Unimpressively Adds 155,000 Jobs in Holiday Month as Unemployment Rises to 7.8%

| January 4, 2013

The American economy cannot shake its anemia, adding 155,000 jobs in December–not quite good enough to keep up with normal growth in the labor force, as unemployment edged back up to 7.8 percent.

Despite Sandy, Unemployment Rate Falls to 7.7%, Best Since December 2008

| December 7, 2012

Despite Hurricane Sandy and economists’ predictions of a poor jobs report, the economy added 146,000 jobs in November, for a combined 416,000 jobs in the last three months. But the numbers are still lower than what they should be for a robust recovery.

U.S. Economy Adds 171,000 Jobs in October, Topping Half a Million in Last 3 Months

| November 2, 2012

The economy added 171,000 jobs in October, exceeding economists’ expectation of 135,000, and figures for August and September were revised upward, adding 84,000 to previous tallies, for a total of 511,000 jobs in the last three months.

No Bounce: Economy Adds Only 96,000 Jobs in August as Unemployment Drops to 8.1%

| September 7, 2012

The national economy added a meager 96,000 jobs in August, and the previous two months’ total was revised downward by 41,000 jobs. Nevertheless the unemployment rate edged down to 8.1 percent, from 8.3 percent, as the employment picture continues to zigzag between hope and anemia.

Unemployment Rises Again in Flagler, To 12.3%, Stalls at 8.6% in Florida

| July 20, 2012

June unemployment numbers were discouraging in Florida as well as in Flagler and Volusia counties–stalling in the state at 8.6 percent, with just 9,000 jobs created last month, while the unemployment rate jumped again in Flagler to 12.3 percent, and to 9.1 percent in Volusia.

U.S. Economy Adds Just 80,000 Jobs In June as Unemployment Stagnates at 8.2%

| July 6, 2012

The national economy added percent for the third most 80,000 jobs in June, keeping the unemployment rate stuck at 8.2 percent for the third month in a row.

Lousy Numbers: Just 69,000 New Jobs in May; Unemployment Back Up to 8.2%

| June 1, 2012

Bad unemployment numbers all around for the American economy in May, hinting at recession: the unemployment rate crept back up to 8.2 percent, from 8.1 percent in April. Just 69,000 jobs were created, the lowest number in a year.

Disappointing Numbers Again as U.S. Economy Adds Only 115,000 Jobs; Unemployment at 8.1%

| May 4, 2012

The national economy added only 115,000 jobs in April, adding to March’s disappointing numbers and renewing fears that the economy may be stalling, as it did last spring. The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent, a slight improvement.

US Jobs Up Just 120,000, Disappointing Expectations; Unemployment Down to 8.2%

| April 6, 2012

While the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent in March, job creation was disappointing, at 120,000, about half the expected numbers, lending further credence to evidence of a fitful, not robust, recovery.

Maintaining Momentum, Economy Adds 223,000 Jobs; Unemployment Stays at 8.3%

| March 9, 2012

The U.S. economy is maintaining its job-creation momentum, adding 223,000 jobs in January, and revising upward previous job-creation figures for December and January by 61,000 jobs. Over the past three months, the economy added 730,000 jobs.

Flagler’s Unemployment Falls to 13.9%, But Labor Force Is Down 3.6% Over the Past Year

| January 20, 2012

Flagler’s rate is the lowest in three years, suggesting sustained, if slow, improvement, but the workforce has shrunk by 1,200, raising concerns that the county is losing population or attraction as a place to work.

Unemployment Falls to 8.5%, Lowest Level in Almost 3 Years, as 200,000 Jobs Are Created

| January 6, 2012

The decline in unemployment, a boon to Obama’s reelection hopes, was the result of actual job creation, rather than a reduction in labor force participation.


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