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Old 08-12-2010, 04:21 PM   #1
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U.S. Job Market Loses Steam

U.S. Job Market Loses Steam
Private Sector Expands Slightly, but Governments Cut Jobs; Treasury Yields Dip

The government's latest snapshot of the job market was bleak, a sign the economic recovery is running out of steam with 14.6 million Americans still searching for work.

Job growth proved anemic in July as governments cut jobs and private-sector employers barely expanded.

The economy shed 131,000 jobs, as 143,000 temporary Census workers fell off federal payrolls. Private-sector employment grew by 71,000 in July after a downwardly revised 31,000 in June. Government employment, not counting Census workers, fell by 59,000.

The unemployment rate held steady at 9.5% largely because people gave up hope of finding work and left the labor force.

The latest figures confirm the labor market has lost much of its momentum in recent months. The private sector has added 90,000 jobs a month on average so far this year, well below the 125,000 needed monthly just to keep up with population growth, let alone recover the eight million jobs lost during the recession. Two-thirds of the private-sector job creation this year occurred in March and April, when the economy's trajectory appeared stronger.

With the unemployment rate at 9.5% in July, it marks the 15th consecutive month that unemployment has been at or above 9.4%. The record is 19 months from back in 1982-1983.

Unemployment did not decrease or increase from June to July remaining at 9.5%. The average unemployment rate since Obama became President also remains the same at 9.42%

Average Unemployment Rates For US Presidents Since World War II:

01. Lyndon Johnson: 4.19%
02. Harry Truman: 4.26%
03. Dwight Eisenhower: 4.89%
04. Richard Nixon: 5.00%
05. Bill Clinton: 5.20%
06. George W. Bush: 5.27%
07. John Kennedy: 5.98%
08. George H.W. Bush: 6.30%
09. Jimmy Carter: 6.54%
10. Ronald Reagan: 7.54%
11. Gerald Ford: 7.77%
12. Barack Obama: 9.42%

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