Friday, March 06, 2009

Employment Report: 651K Jobs Lost, 8.1% Unemployment Rate

by Calculated Risk on 3/06/2009 08:54:00 AM

From the BLS:

Nonfarm payroll employment continued to fall sharply in February (-651,000), and the unemployment rate rose from 7.6 to 8.1 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Payroll employment has declined by 2.6 million in the past 4 months. In February, job losses were large and widespread across nearly all major industry sectors.
Employment Measures and Recessions Click on graph for larger image.

This graph shows the unemployment rate and the year over year change in employment vs. recessions.

Nonfarm payrolls decreased by 651,000 in February. The economy has lost almost 2.6 million jobs over the last 4 months!

The unemployment rate rose to 8.1 percent; the highest level since June 1983.

Year over year employment is strongly negative (there were 4.2 million fewer Americans employed in Feb 2009 than in Feb 2008). This is another extremely weak employment report ...