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February Jobs Report

On Friday March 8th, the U.S. Labor Department released their February Employment Report, beating expectations with 275k payrolls added, compared to the 200k projected. However, it is a weaker report than previous months. Despite this, the labor market remains challenging for business leaders.

Key Insights:

New Payrolls FebruaryThe February Employment report revealed 275,000 new payrolls created, beating expectations of 200,000. However, the previous two months of payroll gains were also revised lower by 167,000.

Gains are varied across industries with Education & Health Services, Leisure & Hospitality, and Government seeing the largest growth. Manufacturing was the only industry to drop by 4,000 payrolls.

Despite the slower growth from previous months, employers should still expect tough competition for talent.

Unemployment Rate - February

The unemployment rate grew unexpectedly to 3.9%, from the previous 3.7% when expectations were to hold steady. This is the highest rate we've seen in two years. The labor force participation rate remained unchanged as it has since December 2023.

The gap between open jobs and available workers closes slightly with a gap of 2.4 million as compared to a previous 2.9 million gap. Regardless, this market continues to favor job seekers and present challenges for employers.

job openings & unemployed workers - february

The employment report for February may have been weaker than those in previous months; however, with an increase in payrolls and in the unemployment rate, competition for talent remains fierce. If you need talent to serve your clients or grow your business the time to start searching is NOW!

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