Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Employment: February Diffusion Indexes

by Calculated Risk on 3/10/2020 04:29:00 PM

I haven't posted this in a few months.

The BLS diffusion index for total private employment was at 58.7 in February, up from 57.0 in January.

For manufacturing, the diffusion index was at 54.6, up from 47.4 in January.

Think of this as a measure of how widespread job gains are across industries. The further from 50 (above or below), the more widespread the job losses or gains reported by the BLS.  From the BLS:

Figures are the percent of industries with employment increasing plus one-half of the industries with unchanged employment, where 50 percent indicates an equal balance between industries with increasing and decreasing employment.
Employment Diffusion Index Overall both total private and manufacturing job growth were somewhat widespread in February.

Both indexes generally trended down in 2019 - except for a spike up in November - indicating job growth was becoming less widespread across industries (especially manufacturing).