• February 4, 2011  

    January unemployment numbers sent mixed signals for economic recovery. The jobless rate dipped to 9 percent, but a survey of businesses found only a net gain of 36,000 jobs last month. Jeffrey Brown assesses those numbers with New York Times economic reporter David Leonhardt. Continue reading

  • February 4, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Today’s unemployment data are a muddle. The two surveys – of individuals and of employers – seem to say very different things. Unemployment dropped – to 9 percent, according to the “household survey.” Three cheers. But the “payroll survey” reports … Continue reading

  • June 5, 2009   BY Admin 

    Unemployment jumped to a 25-year high in May, according to new Labor Department numbers, but the rate of job losses slowed with 345,000 jobs lost last month, down from 504,000 in April. Continue reading

  • March 6, 2009  

    The Labor Department’s release of new unemployment numbers Friday had analysts comparing the job market in the current recession to the jobless rate in 1982. New York Times reporter David Leonhardt draws parallels from the past and assesses the current crisis. Continue reading