The Corner

March Jobs Are like D.C. Weather: It Runs Hot and Cold

Hopes that the March report would deliver blockbuster job creation were disappointed. But the news was not all bad. The top-line job growth — 192,000 — fell a bit below the consensus of 200,000 and well below some optimists’ hopes for 300,000. However, the unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent despite the fact that the labor force grew by 503,000 and the labor-force-participation rate rose by 0.2 percent. That is good news.

So let’s rack up the score. On the good news:

Labor force and labor force participation up strongly, weekly hours were up from 34.3 to 34.5 (recovery from the bad weather); and the index of weekly hours was up 0.7 percent.

On the downside:

The top-line jobs number was a bit on the soft side, job growth was not as widespread as in past months — concentrated in a few services categories; average hourly earnings declined slightly; and part-time employment for economic reasons rose 225,000.

Reflecting the report as a whole, the Hispanic unemployment rate fell to 7.9 percent from 8.1 percent even as the labor-force-participation rate rebounded from 65.9 to 66.3 percent.

For the data junkies, the March U-6 (the broadest measure of unemployment) rose from 12.6 percent to 12.7 percent because the number working part-time for economic reasons jumped.

The bottom line: The clouds have cleared and . . . the labor market is still sending mixed signals. The much-anticipated acceleration in 2014 is still not present. The labor market is moving up modestly and the data suggest GDP growth continues in the 2.0 to 2.5 percent range. Meh.

Most Popular


Elizabeth Warren Is Jussie Smollett

Elizabeth Warren has a moving story about being fired from a teaching job because she was pregnant, a story that perfectly complements her political narrative that she is the tribune and champion of those who have been treated unfairly by the powerful. Joe Biden has a moving — and horrifying — story about his ... Read More
PC Culture

Defiant Dave Chappelle

When Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special Sticks & Stones came out in August, the overwhelming response from critics was that it was offensive, unacceptable garbage. Inkoo Kang of Slate declared that Chappelle’s “jokes make you wince.” Garrett Martin, in the online magazine Paste, maintained that the ... Read More
Film & TV

Joker: An Honest Treatment of Madness

When I saw that the New York Times and The New Yorker had run columns berating the new Joker movie, criticizing it not simply on cinematic grounds but instead insisting that the film amounted to a clandestine defense of “whiteness” in an attempt to buttress the electoral aim of “Republicans” — this is a ... Read More

The Origins of the Transgender Movement

Editor’s Note: This article has been adapted from remarks delivered at a Heritage Foundation summit. I’ve been asked to talk about the origins of transgenderism and how it relates to children and their exploitation. But first, I would like to start with a little story. Yesterday I was wandering around ... Read More