America’s Labor Market Still Going Strong

The US Labor Department’s Jobs report for February showed the American labor market remained strong. Reflected in the report showed that 273,000 jobs were added by the US economy. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics said this was substantially more than us economists had foreseen. In fact, the numbers resulted in the largest monthly increase since May 2018 which put the unemployment rate back to the historic low of 3.5%.

Among the job gains per industry, the leading gains of new jobs were in health care and social assistance, food services and government. Within those industries, 7,000 people were hired for the April Census.

The Institute of Supply Management supplied data showing that the US manufacturing sector has been growing the past five months. The ISM report is just another factor indicating that the US economy is in a good place.

“With global growth stabilizing in recent months and domestic economic activity also starting to pick up, the ISM survey adds to the evidence that 2020 is likely to be a better year for US manufacturers,” wrote Capital Economics’ Senior US Economist Andrew Hunter in a note.

The year leading up to the February job survey paychecks rose by 3% with a 0.3% bump in February. The month’s report in addition to better-than-expected services PMI from the Institute for Supply Management was a plus for the US economy according to Michael Hanson, SVP of research at Fisher Investments.

This is just icing on top of the January report which beat expectations. The Labor Department’s Jobs report found that the US economy added 225,000 jobs with an unemployment rate of 3.6%. Job growth was seen in the construction, health care, transportation and warehousing industries. According to Capital Economics Chief US Economist Paul Ashworth, mild weather in January boost the construction and transportation sectors.

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