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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, June 3.

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    The unemployment rate declined by 0.3 percentage point to 4.7 percent in May, and

    nonfarm payroll employment changed little (+38,000), the U.S. Bureau of Labor

    Statistics reported today. Employment increased in health care. Mining continued

    to lose jobs, and employment in information decreased due to a strike.

    Household Survey Data

    In May, the unemployment rate declined by 0.3 percentage point to 4.7 percent, and

    the number of unemployed persons declined by 484,000 to 7.4 million. Both measures

    had shown little movement from August to April. (See table A-1.)

    Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (4.3 percent),

    adult women (4.2 percent), Whites (4.1 percent), and Hispanics (5.6 percent)

    declined in May. The rates for teenagers (16.0 percent), Blacks (8.2 percent), and

    Asians (4.1 percent) showed little or no change. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)

    The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) declined

    by 178,000 to 1.9 million in May. These individuals accounted for 25.1 percent of

    the unemployed. The number of persons unemployed less than 5 weeks decreased by

    338,000 to 2.2 million. (See table A-12.)

    The number of job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs declined by

    282,000 over the month to 3.6 million. (See table A-11.)

    In May, the civilian labor force participation rate decreased by 0.2 percentage

    point to 62.6 percent. The rate has declined by 0.4 percentage point over the

    past 2 months, offsetting gains in the first quarter. The employment-population

    ratio, at 59.7 percent, was unchanged in May. (See table A-1.)

    The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (also referred to

    as involuntary part-time workers) increased by 468,000 to 6.4 million in May,

    after showing little movement since November. These individuals, who would have

    preferred full-time employment, were working part time because their hours had

    been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job. (See table A-8.)

    In May, 1.7 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force, little

    changed from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.) These

    individuals were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for work, and

    had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not counted as

    unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the

    survey. (See table A-16.)

    Among the marginally attached, there were 538,000 discouraged workers in May,

    essentially unchanged from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.)

    Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they

    believe no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.2 million persons

    marginally attached to the labor force in May had not searched for work for

    reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities. (See table A-16.)

    Establishment Survey Data

    Total nonfarm payroll employment changed little in May (+38,000). Job growth

    occurred in health care. Mining continued to lose jobs, and a strike resulted

    in job losses in information. (See table B-1.)

    Health care added 46,000 jobs in May, with increases occurring in ambulatory

    health care services (+24,000), hospitals (+17,000), and nursing care facilities

    (+5,000). Over the year, health care employment has increased by 487,000.

    In May, mining employment continued to decline (-10,000). Since reaching a

    peak in September 2014, mining has lost 207,000 jobs. Support activities for

    mining accounted for three-fourths of the jobs lost during this period, including

    6,000 in May.

    Employment in information declined by 34,000 in May. About 35,000 workers in the

    telecommunications industry were on strike and not on company payrolls during

    the survey reference period.

    Within manufacturing, employment in durable goods declined by 18,000 in May,

    with job losses of 7,000 in machinery and 3,000 in furniture and related products.

    Employment in professional and business services changed little in May (+10,000),

    after increasing by 55,000 in April. Within the industry, professional and

    technical services added 26,000 jobs in May, in line with average monthly gains

    over the prior 12 months. Employment in temporary help services was little changed

    over the month (-21,000) but is down by 64,000 thus far this year.

    Employment in other major industries, including construction, wholesale trade,

    retail trade, transportation and warehousing, financial activities, leisure and

    hospitality, and government, changed little over the month.

    The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged

    at 34.4 hours in May. The manufacturing workweek increased by 0.1 hour to 40.8

    hours, and manufacturing overtime was unchanged at 3.2 hours. The average workweek

    for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls was

    unchanged at 33.6 hours. (See tables B-2 and B-7.)

    In May, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls

    increased by 5 cents to $25.59, following an increase of 9 cents in April. Over

    the year, average hourly earnings have risen by 2.5 percent. Average hourly

    earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by

    3 cents to $21.49 in May. (See tables B-3 and B-8.)

    The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for March was revised from +208,000

    to +186,000, and the change for April was revised from +160,000 to +123,000. With

    these revisions, employment gains in March and April combined were 59,000 less

    than previously reported. Over the past 3 months, job gains have averaged 116,000

    per month.

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  • Virginia 6th CD Dem candidate withdrawing due to health problems, just a couple weeks after being nominated, and just a few days after we posted an interview with him (by April Moore). Major bummer; sorry to hear about the health problems and hope he gets well soon!