January Jobs Report Good, Looking Better

The January jobs report came out this morning and the conclusion: it’s a brand new year, folks. Payrolls are up by 243,000 jobs and unemployment is down to 8.3 percent. Believe it or not, it gets even better.

Manufacturing added 50,00 jobs while professional and business services added 70,000. Health care added 33,000 and leisure and hospitality added 50,000. Roughly translated, these are permanent hires, not seasonal which bodes well for continued economic expansion.

The revised numbers for November and December look good as well and, when taken with January’s numbers show 303,000 new jobs added from November-January.

There remain a few points of weakness, though. The public sector lost another 14,000 jobs and while this report reflects 23 straight months of job growth, it still shows we’ve got a ways to go in improving the jobs outlook for the long-term unemployed.

The report contradicts earlier predictions of a soft start to 2012 quite forcefully and suggests that we are indeed in a recovery, no matter what the Republicans might think.

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Chad A.
Chad A5 years ago

This is good news and most of the drop is from actual people getting jobs, not people dropping off the rolls. The full un- and underemployment picture is not good with lots of discouraged workers, lots of folks who have exhausted their savings. We need a lot of action to get the economy going. At least the president wants to do something, if wholly inadequate. Whatever happened to the Republican party of old that advanced jobs bills instead of doing counter-productive things by slashing jobs and benefits (read killing demand when the economy needs demand) at the state and local level. We need a politics that focuses on meeting needs instead of worshipping austerity regardless of the consequences.

ida w.
Ida Nga Sze W5 years ago

unlike opinions figures don't lie. yeah. i have been noticing this too. if the states are less bureaucratic about power line installations. there would be more green jobs in the mid west too.

what are opinions?
like "phony #s this administration creates every week"
What a joke!! If you want the truth you can find it here:

Julie W.
Julie Wilezol5 years ago

Giddy up, economy!

ANA MARIJA R5 years ago


Barbara B.
Past Member 5 years ago

Wait! Wait! I thought everything was because of Bush/ the previous administration.

So with the job in job claims, how many are because they fell off the rolls? How many have stopped lookng? How many are under-employed? How many are working two under-employed jobs? I don't intend to be arguementative but without this information those bits of information the "job report" really doesn't tell us much. I have missed it, by the way, what did the OMB say?

John B.
John Bonetti5 years ago

Really Steve, is that why we were bleeding 750k jobs a month leading up to when Obama took office. Obviously, President Bush starting two wars, and cutting taxes was a brilliant move. We hated having that surplus President Clinton left, and love the path down huge deficits again. Absolutely brilliant! Amazing how when a there is a Republican president, paying for things doesn't matter.

Rob Keenan
Rob Keenan5 years ago

You're really just speaking for yourself ,here,Steve R.,when you say "most of us." 23 months in a row of jobs gains is significant,and ,although not mentioned here,January was the 28th month in a row of increased manufacturing jobs. General Motors,which Romney favored letting go bankrupt back when President Obama got his auto bailout reported an 11% increase in sales in January.

Glenn M.
Glenn Meyer5 years ago

As long as we out-source and off-shore jobs we will never really recover. It is only a matter of time till another disaster sparks another downward spiral giving corporations the excuse they need to eliminate more U.S. jobs.

Corporations have over-powered our government which now believes that out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs is inevitable and necessary with expectations that the middle class should fall on their swords. It is the underlying cause of the financial collapse and borders on national security with the loss of our middle class tax base. Yet, this nation does nothing, not even demand it be restricted by whatever method. International businesses are doing the UN-AMERICAN activity of destroying U.S. salaries, U.S. businesses that hire in the U.S., and as an end result, destroying the U.S. marketplace while still demanding BUSINESS ENTITLEMENTS and protections for themselves.

Infrastructure spending and tax breaks will not replace enough jobs to keep up with the hemorrhaging loss of U.S. jobs from out-sourcing over seas. Neither party will do anything about it unless we begin grass roots efforts to protest out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs. If nothing is done we will deserve what we get and it will get a lot worse before it gets better.

Marianna B M.

unemployment is a tough war for the government

Ann J.
Ann J5 years ago

Anything can be made to look good if your willing idiots (mainstream media minions) are able to dominate the message AND cook the books. This is simply misinformation given out in hopes of the recoronation of obama.