America’s mediocre labor market recovery, in charts

October 22, 2013

Economists expected a gain of 180,000 jobs in September, while today’s Commerce Department data showed a gain of just 148,000 jobs. Here’s today’s disappointing results in chart form:


And here’s a look at America’s labor force, which has been shrinking over the last few years:


The Economic Policy Institute has this look at exactly who is leaving the labor force for various reasons:

Calculated Risk has updated this stark visualization of America’s job market:

As the American Enterprise Institute’s Michael Strain noted, the 3-month moving average of job growth is looking quite ugly:


On a more hopeful note, Matt Phillips of Quartz has a good look at where job growth is happening:

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