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Your Job Market Nightmare: Jobs Soaring but Unemployment Skyrocketing!


U.S. job growth totaled 275,000 in February but unemployment rate rose to 3.9%


Job growth in the US exceeded expectations in February, with 275,000 new positions created.

While this sounds promising, it’s important to note that earlier estimates for December and January were revised downward, reducing the overall job gains for those months.

The unemployment rate slightly increased to 3.9%, mainly due to a decline in employment shown by the household survey.

Wages also saw a minimal increase of 0.1% for the month and a 4.3% increase year-over-year, which is slightly below expectations and a sign that inflation may be easing.

Despite the overall positive job creation, there was a notable shift towards part-time positions, with a decrease in full-time jobs.

Key sectors such as healthcare, government, restaurants, and construction saw strong gains.

While these mixed signals don’t provide a clear direction for the economy, they suggest that job creation is continuing at a moderate pace, but wage increases are not keeping up with inflation.

It remains to be seen how this will impact the Federal Reserve’s decision-making on interest rates, but markets initially responded positively to the news.

  • Overall sentiment: neutral
  • Positive

    “Job creation topped expectations in February, but the unemployment rate moved higher and employment growth from the previous two months wasn’t nearly as hot as initially reported.”

    “Health care led with 67,000 new jobs.”

    “Government again was a big contributor, with 52,000, while restaurants and bars added 42,000.”

    “Stocks rose Friday following the news, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average up nearly 150 points in early trading.”

    “Hours worked rebounded from a slip in January, with the average work week up to 34.3 hours, an increase of 0.1 percentage point.”

    “From a sector standpoint, health care led with 67,000 new jobs.”


    “Average hourly earnings, watched closely as an inflation indicator, showed a slightly less than expected increase for the month and a deceleration from a year ago.”

    “Wages rose just 0.1% on the month, one-tenth of a percentage point below the estimate, and were up 4.3% from a year ago, down from the 4.5% gain in January and slightly below the 4.4% estimate.”

    “Downward revisions to December and January reduced initial estimates by 167,000 jobs.”

    “Job creation skewed toward part-time positions.”

    “Full-time jobs decreased by 187,000 while part-time employment rose by 51,000, according to the household survey.”

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