The long walk back
WH economic adviser Austan Goolsbee:
The 0.9 percentage point drop in the unemployment rate over the past three months is the largest such decline since 1983, and it has been driven primarily by increased employment, rather than falling labor force participation.
Though unemployment remains elevated, we are seeing signs that the initiatives put in place by this Administration – such as the payroll tax cut and business tax incentives for investment – are creating the conditions for sustained growth and job creation. The steep decline in the unemployment rate and the overall trend of economic data in recent months has been encouraging,
The overall trajectory of the economy has improved dramatically over the past two years, but there will surely be bumps in the road ahead.
A now, a chart (via Calculated Risk):