• Thursday, February 19th, 2015

medical-device-recruitersU.S. employers came out swinging in the New Year
with a strong January 2015 jobs report. The U.S. economy added 257,000 jobs in January — more than economists had been expecting — and there were also a few other positive surprises sprinkled throughout the report.

Here are a few headlines so you can get a sense of the reaction to the report: “Jobs Report Crushes Expectations,” “This Is a Great Jobs Report Across the Board,” “Good Jobs Report Is Good News for Stocks” and “It’s Raining Jobs!



1. Solid numbers all around — and labor force participation increased. U.S. employers added 257,000 jobs in January, beating expectations. And even though the unemployment rate ticked up slightly from 5.6 percent to 5.7 percent, it’s not necessarily bad news because in this case the labor force participation rate increased, which means a greater number of Americans entered the labor force. AsThe New York Times explained:

That uptick in the unemployment rate? It happened not because fewer people had jobs, but because the size of the labor force rose by a whopping 703,000 in January after annual population adjustments.

2. Everyone’s buzzing about November and December revisions. And you should, too. Both months posted massive gains compared to what was previously reported. The BLS revised November’s numbers up by a whopping 70,000 (from 353,000 to 423,000), while December’s numbers were revised up by 77,000 (from 252,000 to 329,000). That’s a total of 147,000 additional jobs. Significant? Yes. AsThe Wall Street Journal reported:

November’s overall job gain — 423,000, revised up from the prior 353,000 figure — was the biggest since May 2010, when the government was hiring Census workers. November private-sector hiring was the most since September 1997.

3. Wages are slowly picking up. Average hourly earnings in January took a slight turn for the better increasing by 12 cents to $24.75. That’s a 2.2 percent jump from last January. Will the upward trend continue in the months to come? With talk about wages heating up across the country, you can expect this topic to continue to be front and center for months to come.



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