February 2008 Job Report Statistics

Here are the job market and compensation numbers for February 2008 (based on the job report):

Net loss of 63,000 jobs in the month (revised to 76,000 loss)

  • 88,000 less than expected by Economists
  • 63,000 job loss is the worst in almost 5 years
  • January was revised down from a loss of 17,000 to 22,000 (revised also to a loss of 76,000)
  • December was revised from 82,000 job increase to 41,000 job increase

Unemployment rate moved to 4.8%

  • Fewer people were looking for work resulting in the unemployment rate to decrease from 4.9% to 4.8%. That means people looking for work are discouraged.
  • Economists had forecast the unemployment rate would rise to 5%

Wages were up 0.3% for February

  • Adjusted for inflation than means pay was flat

$17.20 is the average hourly wage

Specific Segment Job numbers:

Construction lost 39,000 workers

Manufacturers lost 52,000 jobs

Retailers showed a 34,000 loss

Business and Professional services lost 20,000 jobs

Temporary Staffing reduced payroll by 28,000 jobs

Hotels showed a cut of 4,000

Service sector gained 26,000 jobs, which is low

Other information:

The private sector as a whole loss 101,000 jobs (revised to 109,000)

The loss in Temp staffing means businesses are slowing their spending

The loss in Hotel staffing means consumers are slowing their spending

Job Report Statistics Index Page

About benleeson
My name is Ben Leeson. I currently work for a large financial company in IT. I went to school at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. I graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration concentrating in HR. Professor William Brown taught me and I enjoyed his classes; even acquiring an appreciation for just about all things HR. I didn’t pursue a job in that field after college but I’ve kept up with it. This blog will further my fascination with all things HR. I hope to grow my knowledge of the area through thoughtful writings and spirited feedback. I will attempt to have a fairly routine style so anyone reading can come to expect certain segments. Please excuse my incorrect grammar and occasional misspelling.

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