US unemployment rate down one-tenth to 9.1 percent

first_imgTotal nonfarm payroll employment rose by 117,000 in July, and the unemploymentrate was little changed at 9.1 percent, down from 9.2 percent in June, the US Bureau of Labor Statisticsreported today. Job gains occurred in health care, retail trade, manufacturing,and mining. Government employment continued to trend down. The drop in the unemployment rate is attributed mostly to a reduction in the labor force, as fewer people were looking for work, but there was some modest gains in jobs.Household Survey DataThe number of unemployed persons (13.9 million) and the unemployment rate (9.1percent) changed little in July. Since April, the unemployment rate has shownlittle definitive movement. The labor force, at 153.2 million, was littlechanged in July, with a gain of 117,000.Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men(9.0 percent),adult women (7.9 percent), teenagers (25.0 percent), whites (8.1 percent),blacks (15.9 percent), and Hispanics (11.3 percent) showed little or no changein July. The jobless rate for Asians was 7.7 percent, not seasonally adjusted.The number of persons unemployed for less than 5 weeks declined by 387,000 inJuly, mostly offsetting an increase in the prior month. The number of long-termunemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over), at 6.2 million, changed littleover the month and accounted for 44.4 percent of the unemployed.The civilian labor force participation rate edged down in July to 63.9 percent,and the employment-population ratio was little changed at 58.1 percent.The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referredto as involuntary part-time workers) was about unchanged in July at 8.4 million.These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut backor because they were unable to find a full-time job.In July, 2.8 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force, littlechanged from a year earlier. (These data are not seasonally adjusted.) Theseindividuals were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for work,and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not countedas unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks precedingthe survey.Among the marginally attached, there were 1.1 million discouraged workers inJuly, about the same as a year earlier. (These data are not seasonallyadjusted.) Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for workbecause they believe no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.7 millionpersons marginally attached to the labor force in July had not searched forwork in the 4 weeks preceding the survey for reasons such as school attendanceor family responsibilities.Establishment Survey DataTotal nonfarm payroll employment increased by 117,000 in July, following littlegrowth over the prior 2 months. Total private employment rose by 154,000 overthe month, reflecting job gains in several major industries, including healthcare, retail trade, manufacturing, and mining. Government employment continuedto decline.Health care employment grew by 31,000 in July. Ambulatory health care servicesand hospitals each added 14,000 jobs over the month. Over the past 12 months,health care employment has grown by 299,000.Retail trade added 26,000 jobs in July. Employment in health and personal carestores rose by 9,000 over the month with small increases distributed amongseveral other retail industries. Employment in retail trade has increased by228,000 since a recent low in December 2009.Manufacturing employment increased in July (+24,000); nearly all of theincrease was in durable goods manufacturing. Within durable goods, the motorvehicles and parts industry had fewer seasonal layoffs than typical for July,contributing to a seasonally adjusted employment increase of 12,000.Manufacturing has added 289,000 jobs since its most recent trough in December2009, and durable goods manufacturing added 327,000 jobs during this period.In July, employment in mining rose by 9,000; virtually all of the gain (+8,000)occurred in support activities for mining. Employment in mining has increasedby 140,000 since a recent low in October 2009.Employment in professional and technical services continued to trend up in July(+18,000). This industry has added 246,000 jobs since a recent low in March2010. Employment in temporary help services changed little over the month andhas shown little movement on net so far this year.Elsewhere in the private sector, employment in construction, transportationand warehousing, information, financial activities, and leisure and hospitalitychanged little over the month.Government employment continued to trend down over the month (-37,000).Employment in state government decreased by 23,000, almost entirely due to apartial shutdown of the Minnesota state government. Employment in localgovernment continued to wane over the month.The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchangedover the month at 34.3 hours. The manufacturing workweek and factory overtimefor all employees also were unchanged at 40.3 hours and 3.1 hours, respectively.In July, the average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees onprivate nonfarm payrolls was 33.6 hours for the sixth consecutive month.In July, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrollsincreased by 10 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $23.13. Over the past 12 months,average hourly earnings have increased by 2.3 percent. In July, average hourlyearnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increasedby 8 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $19.52.The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for May was revised from +25,000to +53,000, and the change for June was revised from +18,000 to +46,000.US DOL. 8.5.2011last_img read more

Football News Liverpool trounce Porto, to face Barcelona in UEFA Champions League semi-final

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Porto: Liverpool set up a mouthwatering Champions League semi-final against Barcelona after their superstar front three all scored in a 4-1 win away at FC Porto that saw them cruise into the last four 6-1 on aggregate. On a wet night at the Estadio do Dragao, Liverpool had to weather an early storm before scoring from their first attempt just before the half-hour mark, Sadio Mane prodding home for a goal given after a lengthy VAR review. Already in control of the tie after a 2-0 win at Anfield in the first leg last week, Liverpool had effectively killed off Porto there and then, but Mohamed Salah, substitute Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk added further goals after the break.     Eder Militao scored a consolation for the hosts 21 minutes before the end, but this was another miserable night for them after they lost 5-0 to the same opponents on this ground a year ago. Liverpool now march on to a clash with Lionel Messi’s Barca, the first meeting of the clubs since a last-16 encounter in 2006/07 that Liverpool won on away goals.RELATED     The dream of a Champions League and Premier League double remains alive for Liverpool and their supporters, whose spirits were not dampened by the dreary weather by the banks of the River Douro.     This was their 17th game without defeat and their eighth straight victory, although Barcelona will offer a far tougher test than that provided by Porto.     The first leg of that tie is in a fortnight, and in the meantime, Liverpool will revert their focus to domestic matters, with games against Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town up next. With the matches coming thick and fast, Klopp made three changes to his team here following Sunday’s 2-0 win over Chelsea. Firmino and Naby Keita, who both scored in the first leg, dropped out along with Jordan Henderson.     They were replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner and Divock Origi, with the latter making his first Champions League start for the club. However, the Belgian only played the first half before making way for Firmino.     Early onslaught     Indeed, he had hardly touched the ball during a Porto onslaught in the opening stages, sparked by a Jesus Corona shot just over the bar in the first minute. They had 13 attempts on goal in the first 25 minutes but would regret not scoring while on top. When the away side finally made it into the box at the other end, Salah — his every touch jeered by the Porto support who felt he should have been sent off in the first leg — rolled the ball into the six-yard area for Mane to get his 22nd goal of the campaign.     While the offside flag came up, the longer Dutch referee Danny Makkelie spent conferring with his video assistants the more obvious it became that the goal would stand. Porto knew their chance was gone, with their fans cursing Mane again — he had scored a hat-trick in Liverpool’s big win here in the last-16 tie last season. The match opened up after the interval, with Trent Alexander-Arnold releasing Salah to run through and beat Iker Casillas on 65 minutes.     Porto got their consolation shortly after when Militao — who will join Real Madrid next season — rose to head in from an Alex Telles corner, finally giving their supporters something to cheer. They will be glad to see the back of Liverpool, however.     Mane missed the target after rounding Casillas, but Henderson set up fellow substitute Firmino to head in the visitors’ third on 77 minutes and Van Dijk nodded in from a corner to round out the scoring.center_img Liverpool will take on Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League semi-final.Ajax will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the other semi-final.Manchester City’s quest for the quadruple has ended.last_img read more

Badgers play Iona to kick off tournament

first_imgANDREW SCHORR/Herald photoAfter beating up on lowly SIU-Edwardsville Tuesday, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team will participate in the Paradise Jam Tournament in the Virgin Islands, starting today against Iona.The Badgers faced two unranked teams in their first two games, but in the tournament, there is a pair of ranked squads aside from Wisconsin. No. 17 Miami (FL) and No. 2 Connecticut are both possible foes the Badgers could face if all goes well.“You have to get good at what you do, and you have to try to excel at things you’ve been working on in practice,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “You have to make the other team stop. Obviously there will be weakness down there, and that’s why people get into these types of tournaments — to get better.”Wisconsin will be following a 30-point rout of SIU-Edwardsville that came after a single-digit scare against Long Beach State. Going into the tournament, senior forward Marcus Landry is pleased the team was able to win like it did on Tuesday.“A win is a win,” Landry said. “If you win by one point, it’s still a good way to go into a tournament. Hopefully guys are confident and feel good about themselves and are going in to make a statement. … I think it most definitely helped us going into this tournament.”Even though the tournament takes place several weeks before the Big Ten season begins, Ryan feels the tough competition is a good way to prepare for conference play.“As the three games play out, we’ll obviously be trying to get in some teaching sessions, but the other teams are trying to do the same thing,” Ryan said. “Everybody’s trying to get ready for their conference.”Last year, the Badgers won the early season America’s Classic Tournament and went on to win the Big Ten title. However, the field did not possess a single ranked team and took place at the Kohl Center. This year, Ryan expects much more difficult competition.“Now we’re going down to a tournament where there are just a lot of good teams, period,” Ryan said. “There will be size, there will be quickness, strength — the caliber of teams in this thing just might be the toughest one that they’ve had. We’ve just got to go down there and mix it up with those teams and see what happens.”Landry feels the Badgers — whose trips have included a visit to Rome — traveling to the Virgin Islands will be a good experience for the team’s younger players who have yet to be on a team trip in their careers at UW.“It’s obviously a great place to be, in the Virgin Islands,” Landry said. “For the most part though, it’s a business trip, and we’re going down there to have fun. There are some great teams down there.“Especially for the younger guys, this being their first trip … being away from school for about a week will prepare them for later on in tournament play,” he continued. “It really prepares them for what we’re going to be doing later in the season.”Though the Badgers have a possible bout with Connecticut in the final round of the tournament, they will first have to get by Iona and either Valparaiso or San Diego first.“There are a lot of good teams,” Landry said. “Nothing’s going to come easy.”last_img read more