Unemployment Rate

Unemployment Rate
The percentage of people registered as unemployed in the United States. The figure is calculated by dividing the number of unemployed individuals in the labor force by the total labor force. Where the headline figure Change in Non-Farm Payrolls generally moves the market upon release, the Unemployment Rate serves as the most popular snap-shot figure for current labor conditions in the US.

The unemployment figure can give insight into the econom production, consumption, earnings, and consumer sentiment. A lower unemployment rate equates to increased expenditure, as more people have jobs and wages to spend. Increased expenditure encourages economic growth, which can spark inflation pressures. Conversely, high levels of unemployment signal economic instability and weakened demand.

Persons are considered unemployed if they are able and willing to work but without a job and have actively sought employment within the last four weeks. The labor force includes all employed and unemployed individuals 16 years and older.
Manufacturing Payrolls

Measures job creation or loss in manufacturing sector. Manufacturing Payroll is reported as the net change in jobs from the previous month figure. The figure is significant as an indicator of the health of the manufacturing sector. A high Manufacturing Payrolls number can signal increased demand for manufactured goods and a subsequent increase in production.

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