The Fantastic Unemployment Numbers!
By David Henderson
Possibly because of the long weekend and possibly because the unemployment numbers don’t make Donald Trump look bad, there hasn’t been as much commentary as I had expected on the June unemployment numbers.
Here’s mine: They are fantastic!
Here’s the BLS release.
Now for some highlights.
Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 4.8 million in June. I’m not sure but I’m pretty sure that this is a record increase. The previous, month, May, it was a whopping 2.5 million. So June’s number is almost double May’s increase.
The unemployment rate fell from 13.3 percent in May to 11.1 percent in June, a drop of 2.2 percentage points.
The number of people unemployed fell by a whopping 3.2 million. I think that’s a record drop also.
The labor force participation rate rose by 0.7 percentage point.
The employment to population ratio rose by 1.8 percentage points.
In thinking that the major recovery would not start until the added $600 per week federal unemployment ended (it ends at the end of July), I was too pessimistic.
I do think, though, that if Congress had not passed that benefit in March and had Donald Trump not signed the legislation, the unemployment rate today would be in high single digits, not low double digits.