Perspective is Everything with Second Quarter Labor Trends

Perspective has an interesting way of shaping impressions. If you just pick up on reports of sweeping layoffs between various media outlets and your social feeds on certain days, it can certainly feel like the U.S. economy is headed straight into a recession. Even just considering the job reports from the last three months can make you feel a bit uneasy.

So take a step back

Is This Normal? A Review of First Quarter Labor Trends

Are we back to normal yet? Do we remember what that even looks or feels like? Maybe we have just scrapped the old definition and are setting new benchmarks and standards now. And it almost feels like that. Some areas are showing a slow, almost cautious start to the year while others look to be making up for lost ground.

Quarterly job creation is up but so is the volume of

A Look Back at 2021 Labor Trends

Details are important. They help us provide consistency and avoid mindless errors. Yet, when we become too focused in some areas, we can miss the bigger picture and perspective that is helpful to understand the full story. It’s the “missing the forest for the trees” analogy.

Earlier this year, we started reporting on some of the key labor market metrics relevant for our

Employment Trends to be Ready For in 2022 and Beyond

The biggest question that remained as last year drew to a close is what will 2022 and beyond look like for the labor market?

Despite another year of businesses managing and adjusting to the ongoing impacts of a pandemic, job growth continued to reflect more positive numbers than negative and unemployment rates continued to decline. Unfortunately, one metric no business leader

Third Quarter Labor Trends: Cloudy with a Chance of Optimism

The United States labor market continues to be a challenge to forecast. While most industries continue to report job gains, sectors of each category have seen wide fluctuations. Even more frustrating is how individual businesses continue to struggle to not just hire talent, but retain these individuals as well.

Monthly job gains cast a cloud over the rebounding efforts of

Two Steps Forward, One Back for Second Quarter Labor Trends

First Quarter Labor Trends Reveal Cautious Optimism

New job postings have done a near 180° turn from what happened last year. This should give all of us, regardless of industry, reason to be optimistic again. Organizations hire when they feel confident about the future and have growth plans in place.

The cautious side of us though knows that increased demand for talented individuals means candidates have greater choice in

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