Challenger Weighs In On Jobs

May 6th, 2011
in econ_news

Econintersect:  Econintersect's more conservative view of the BLS jobs report (analysis here) should be balanced against a more optimistic view by global outplacement agency Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.  Chief Executive Officer John A. Challenger states:

“This morning’s employment report marks the third consecutive month in which payrolls saw a net gain exceeding 200,000, with jobs being added across several industries.  We are finally seeing steady job creation.  The report was also positive in that the number of long-term unemployed fell by nearly 300,000.

Follow up:

“The slight increase in unemployment to 9.0 percent was inevitable.  It may rise even further in the months to come as the job market improves.  The reason is that people who had abandoned their job searches out of frustration will rejoin the pool of available labor and once again be counted among the unemployed.

“Obviously, we still have a long way to go before job creation and employment reach pre-recession levels.  It is not going to happen overnight, especially considering that we just experienced the worst recession in decades; one that spanned globally.  Today’s report, as well as our data showing very low corporate downsizing activity, should provide some optimism going forward.”

One month of data is not a trend.  However, clearly the economy is building jobs at a higher rate then the population growth.

source: Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.


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