Monday, September 10, 2012
The Labor Force Participation Rate declined to 63.5% in August (blue line)- another new cycle low. This is the percentage of the working age population in the labor force.
The participation rate is well below the 66% to 67% rate that was normal over the last 20 years, although most of the recent decline is due to demographics.
The Employment-Population ratio declined to 58.3% in August (black line). This is a new low for the year, and just above the cycle low.
This graph shows the job losses from the start of the employment recession, in percentage terms. The dotted line is ex-Census hiring.
This shows the depth of the recent employment recession - worse than any other post-war recession - and the relatively slow recovery due to the lingering effects of the housing bust and financial crisis.
Posted by Mayfield at 8:53 AM