Dec 4, 2019

Private sector adds just 67,000 jobs in November

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November jobs report could set the tone for the economy in 2020

Data: BLS, ADP; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Most economists polled are on record predicting the U.S. added 150,000 to 180,000 jobs in November, but following Wednesday's ADP private payrolls report, which came in strongly below estimates, some are bracing for a weak number.

The big picture: Cailin Birch, global economist at The Economist Intelligence Unit, expects job creation softened significantly last month and that the economy is slowing — though she sees a "minor risk" of a looming recession.

Go deeperArrowDec 6, 2019

Private payrolls dip while government job report soars

Data: BLS, ADP; Chart: Axios Visuals

Last week's ADP private payrolls report was a serious head fake for Friday's blockbuster U.S. jobs report from the Labor Department.

Why it matters: The government's numbers deviate significantly from the trend, which likely mean the report is an outlier but it could also signal the start of a new trend.

Go deeperArrowDec 9, 2019

City halls struggle with staffing crisis

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

City governments are feeling a staffing squeeze as baby boomers retire in droves and the tight job market makes it harder to attract millennials into municipal gigs.

Why it matters: Vacant positions means state and local governments are less able to provide services. They're also struggling to find workers with the expertise to drive tech- or data-intensive projects.

Go deeperArrowNov 20, 2019