The U.S. economy, like the weather, has been somewhat unpredictable over the past few months. But just as Mother Nature shook off winter and spring finally emerged in many parts of the country, the U.S. economy rebounded after shaking off a disappointing month, according to the April jobs report released by the BLS this morning.
As you may know, following each month’s BLS jobs report, we read dozens of news reports, scour the Web, and break what we find down to three key talking points you can use. Whether you’re taking a break at the office water cooler or conversing with peers in the industry, you’ll have three conversation starters in your pocket.
HERE’S THE NEWS YOU CAN USE FROM TODAY’S RELEASE:
1. The April jobs report numbers were pretty much in line with expectations. The April jobs report released this morning has been described as “pretty decent” and “boring,” which isn’t altogether a bad thing. After March’s disappointing numbers, we were hoping for a break — and got one. In fact, the unemployment rate fell from 5.5 percent to 5.4 percent, registering an almost seven-year low.
2. March numbers were revised wayyy down. While there typically are revisions, what stands out about March’s revisions is that it dropped from a slow 126,000 additional jobs to an even-more-dismal 85,000 jobs. Wage gains in March were also over-estimated — it has been revised down from a 0.3 percent increase to a 0.2 increase. All things considered, 2015 hasn’t been off to an ideal start. According to The New York Times:
Other recent reports have revealed a disappointing start to 2015, including new numbers out this week suggesting that the economy might have actually shrunk in the first quarter.
3. Wages are still not that impressive. Yes, we’ve made some strides in terms of wage growth over the past year, but the improvements are so slight that it’s nothing to write home about. According to Business Insider:
Solid wage growth is seen as one missing piece to creating a picture of full employment. This month’s wage growth was expected to be slightly higher than it has been over the past few months.
In the April jobs report, we saw average hourly earnings increase by 0.1 percent compared to March compared to the 0.2 percent economists were expecting. We also saw 2.2 percent annual growth in wages compared to the 2.3 percent that was expected.