Today’s unemployment report…

Earlier today, the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its May 2012 unemployment report (AKA its “Employment Situation Summary”, available at The news (net job creation of only 69,000 jobs) was very disappointing and came in far below economists’ expectations. According to the BLS, the January-April monthly average rate of net job creation was 188,500 jobs per month, so the May report represents a more than 60 percent drop in the rate of job creation. Putting this into a broader perspective, it takes 130,000 new jobs per month just to keep the unemployment rate at its current (historically high) 8.2% rate, assuming that the labor force participation rate remains constant and that the US population prospectively continues to grow 1% per year (see
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