January Jobs Report Smashes Expectations
The longest period of continuous job growth on record.
Unprecedented Job Growth
- The economy added 304,000 jobs in January, well exceeding market expectations.
- This was the 100th consecutive month of positive jobs growth—the longest period of continuous jobs growth on record.
- This was the 16th consecutive month with at least 100,000 jobs created.
- Since President Trump’s election, there have been 5.3 million jobs created.
- In January there were significant jobs gains in construction (52,000), transportation and warehousing (27,000), and mining and logging (7,000).
Historically Low Unemployment
- This marks the 11th consecutive month that the unemployment rate was at-or-below 4 percent, the longest streak in nearly five decades.
- Since the President was elected, nearly 1.6 million prime-age workers (25 to 54 years of age) have entered or re-entered the labor market.
- The labor force participation rate reached 63.2 %–the highest since August 2013.
- In January of 2019, over 70 percent of workers entering employment came from out of the labor force rather than from unemployment.
- Nominal average hourly earnings rose by 3.2% over the past 12 months.
- This is the 6th straight month that year-over-year wage gains were at or above 3 percent.
- Prior to 2018, nominal average hourly wage gains had not reached 3 percent since April 2009.
- Nominal average weekly earnings increased to 3.5% over the past 12 months.
- Real wages are growing with inflation at 1.8%, well below nominal wage growth.
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