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Shocking Unemployment Report

Shocking Unemployment Report

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the May Employment Situation Summary on Friday. Most predicted that the unemployment rate would increase to 20% from the 14.7% announced last month.

The results were shocking.

The Wall Street Journal said:

“The May U.S. jobless rate fell to 13.3% and employers added 2.5 million jobs, blowing Wall Street expectations out of the water: Economists had forecast a loss of 8.3 million jobs and a 19.5% unemployment rate.”

In addition, CNBC stated:

“The May gain was by far the biggest one-month jobs surge in U.S. history since at least 1939.”

Here is a list of the job increases broken down by sector:

  • Food Service and Bartenders – 1,400,000
  • Construction – 464,000
  • Education and Health Services – 424,000
  • Retail – 368,000
  • Other Services – 272,000
  • Manufacturing – 225,000
  • Professional Services – 127,000

Last month there were 23 million people unemployed. This month there are 21 million Americans unemployed. 73% believe that their layoff is temporary. The Federal Resever Bank stated that employers also feel that 75% of job losses are temporary.

There is still a long was to go but the Employment Situation Summary was a nice surprise. It showed that the economy is turning around. Keep in mind that Summary is based on a survey conducted in Mid-May. Most American businesses didn't start reopening until the end of May. For this reason most believe the July report will be much better.

Bottom Line

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