BLS Recovering From Shutdown

The government shutdown is over and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is recovering from their unscheduled vacation. The United States federal government shutdown of 2013, lasted from October 1 to 17, 2013. Unemployment data for the month of September was due to be released on October 4th i.e. four working days into the shutdown. […]

Overtime and the Law

Knowing Your Rights as an Employee Employment law is an area that every employee needs to have at least a basic understanding of to ensure they are being treated fairly, that their employer is adhering to the law and that they also receiving all of the right entitlements. Although it is the employers responsibility to pay […]

The Claptrap Behind the Minimum Wage Debate

By Bill Bonner Can Money Buy You Happiness? Not that we care especially about money. We are more interested in what it represents… and how it helps us understand the world we live in. Money establishes a relationship between people. One owes. One is owed. One can buy. One must sell. One employs. Another is […]

BLS Changes Employment Numbers

For a few months now I’ve been ranting about how there is no way that the Unemployment numbers are right because they don’t match up with the employment numbers. A while back, I got an angry email from a subscriber saying that he “worked for the Treasury Department for 35  years and there was no […]

Government Salaries 35% Higher than Private Industry in 2012

EMPLOYMENT COST INDEX – DECEMBER 2012 The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released their employment cost index for the 2012 year on January 31st, 2013.  It included both annual data and information on salary costs for the last quarter for Civilian workers which is composed of two major sectors i.e. Private Industry Workers and State […]

Working for the Government in Public Administration

Many students and people looking for a career change have often wondered to themselves how to get started working for the government. These can be some of the highest-paying, most secure positions out there, and they touch many different fields and organizations – probably more than you imagine. Postal workers, municipal clerks, urban developers, and […]

State Employment and Unemployment Rates- September 2012

Unemployment Rates by State- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released the individual state unemployment rates and once again North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rates… literally begging for employees.   They have “man camps” where men from all over the country are showing up and parking RV’s and cashing in on the high paying […]

Was Jack Welch Right on Twitter? Are Unemployment Numbers “Unbelievable”?

Jack Welch on Twitter: Unbelievable Jobs Numbers Unemployment Numbers “Surprisingly Good”- On Friday October 5th, just two days after the first Presidential debate the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the unemployment data for September, which were “surprisingly good”. The experts were not expecting such a large drop. The Seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.3% in July and had fallen […]

May Unemployment Statistics by State

U.S. Unemployment Rate by State The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released their Unemployment rates by State. So we can see how the various states compare. From the chart below we can see that California, Nevada, North Carolina, New Jersey, Washington D.C., and Rhode Island are all doing worse than the national average. New […]

Jobs Report

Non-farm Payrolls The latest jobs report came out on June 1st with the U.S. Department of Labor reporting that non-farm payrolls (jobs) increased by 69,000 in May (seasonally adjusted). See Current Employment Data for the unadjusted non-farm payroll data. Today’s chart compares the total nonfarm payrolls (blue line) to its two components Private sector job market (gold line) and Government […]