Friday, August 5, 2011

It's The Economy Stupid: Jobs

Note to Washington:  First, do no harm to JOBS


U.S. Payrolls Rose 117,000 in July; Jobless Rate Fell to 9.1%


Payrolls rose by 117,000 workers after a 46,000 increase in June that was more than originally estimated, Labor Department data showed today in Washington. The median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey called for a July gain of 85,000. The jobless rate dropped to 9.1 percent as more Americans left the labor force, while average hourly earnings climbed 0.4 percent.


But job gains may need to accelerate further to increase consumer spending, which rose last quarter at the slowest rate in two years.  


The unemployment rate was forecast to hold at 9.2 percent, according to the survey median. Estimates ranged from 9.1 percent to 9.4 percent.


John Broussard

Assistant State Treasurer

Chief Investment Officer

State of Louisiana

Department of the Treasury

Ph:  225-342-0013

Fx:  225-342-9721


Street Address:

301 Main Street

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 44154 Capitol Station

Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4154

Physical Location:

One American Place, 7th Floor

Corner of North Street & 4th Street

Exit 1D I-110 North Street / Capitol Park / Downtown


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