Breaking down the monthly BLS job report


Below are the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports on “The Employment Situation” — the bureau’s term of art for the monthly jobs report.

Each report provides data on the month prior (so September’s report covers August numbers, for example), and numbers are regularly adjusted in future reports. Unadjusted numbers are noted in the text.

Unemployment rate

Percentage of workers who are jobless despite “ability” to work. Latest numbers are unadjusted.

Kathryn Moody/HR Dive, data from BLS

Jobs added

Total of non-farm jobs added to the U.S. market. Latest numbers are unadjusted.

Kathryn Moody/HR Dive, data from BLS

  • November 2019

    3.5% unemployment rate

    266,000 jobs added

    266,000 jobs were…





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