Yellen’s Labor Market Dashboard
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has used what she called her “dashboard” of jobs data to justify the Fed’s easy money policies and to argue that there’s still considerable slack in the labor market five years after the recession’s end. Only three of the monthly indicators that she flagged are back to where they were in the four years leading up to the last economic downturn, according to calculations by Bloomberg.
Relative bounce back from worst level
Layoffs and discharges as a percentage of paid employees
Job openings rate
Job openings as a share of the sum of job openings and paid employment
Three-month rolling average of change in payrolls based on a survey of employers.
Number of unemployed as a percentage of the labor force
Workers who quit their job as a percentage of paid employees
U–6 underemployment rate
Includes part-time workers who want a full-time job and those not in the labor force who would take a job if one were available
Workers hired as a percentage of paid employees
Long-term unemployed share
Share of unemployed who have been out of work for 27 weeks or longer
Labor force participation rate
Labor force as a percentage of the working-age civilian, noninstitutional population
* Dashboard was revised August 1 to reflect a three-month rolling average for payrolls, instead of the monthly change, in order to better illustrate the trend in job gains.
Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, data compiled by Bloomberg
GRAPHIC: CHLOE WHITEAKER / BLOOMBERG VISUAL DATA & MICHELLE JAMRISKO / BLOOMBERG NEWS