Chapter 3. The Most Influential U.S. Economic Indicators

Employment Situation

Market Sensitivity: Very high.

What Is It: The most eagerly awaited news on the economy. Are jobs being created? What’s the latest unemployment rate? It has great economic and political significance.

Most Current News Release on the Internet: http://stats.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf

Home Web Address: www.bls.gov

Release Time: 8:30 a.m. (ET); generally announced on the first Friday of each month and covers the month just concluded.

Frequency: Monthly.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor.

Revisions: Can be major. Revisions often go back two months with each release. The government does benchmark changes for the establishment (or payroll) survey ...

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