For Immediate Release
Contact: Kelly Hoffman, 202-314-2054 or Kelly.Hoffman@nfib.org
NFIB Jobs Statement: Employment Improves a Bit, Raises New Hopes?
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 4, 2014 — Chief economist for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) William C. Dunkelberg, issued the following statement on May’s job numbers, based on NFIB’s monthly economic survey that will be released on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. The survey was conducted in May and reflects the responses of 678 sampled NFIB members:
THIS REPORT COMPARES MAY FINDINGS TO APRIL FIGURES.
“NFIB owners increased employment by an average of 0.11 workers per firm in May (seasonally adjusted), the eighth positive month in a row and the best string of gains since 2006. Seasonally adjusted, 11 percent of the owners (down 2 points) reported adding an average of 3.0 workers per firm over the past few months. Offsetting that, 12 percent reduced employment (down 1 point) an average of 2.3 workers, producing the seasonally adjusted net gain of 0.11 workers per firm overall.
“Fifty-five percent of the owners hired or tried to hire in the last three months and 46 percent reported few or no qualified applicants for open positions. GDP declined in the first quarter, so one would expect reduced labor demand. However, this did not occur.
“Twenty-four percent of all owners reported job openings they could not fill in the current period (unchanged), providing some downward pressure on the unemployment rate. Fourteen percent reported using temporary workers, unchanged for several months.
“Job creation plans continued to strengthen and rose 2 percentage points to a seasonally adjusted net 10 percent, approaching “normal” levels for a growing economy, even with no growth last quarter.
“Weak GDP numbers apparently did not dampen labor demand a whole lot, with net gains in jobs posting an eight month run. Job openings (not able to fill) remained at the highest level in the expansion and plans to create new jobs gained more strength. Although owners reporting job openings are 10 points below the record high, it is holding at the highest level seen since mid-2007, suggesting that labor markets might be tighter than the unemployment rate suggests.”
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