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Good news Friday!…jobs and pay are both up!

275,000 new jobs last month – VERY good news indeed!

Since the beginning of 2021, over 10 million jobs have been created.

Yesterday’s jobs report showed strong employment growth across multiple industries;


Over the last 3+ years, 800,000 manufacturing jobs have been created..

Along with big job increases, wages are up too.

Last month average hourly earnings rose to $34.57 – a 4.3% increase YoY. (that’s about $69,000 a year)

From USAToday:

“Since the spring of last year, pay increases have outpaced inflation, giving consumers more purchasing power.”

What does this mean for you?

More jobs + higher wages = more payroll + more consumers buying more stuff.

Note – thanks very much to several folks at WCRI who thanked me for doing the Good News Friday posts – I appreciate you.

J.  – thanks for sharing that even though we may have different political views, you appreciate the posts.

Have a most excellent weekend!

2 thoughts on “Good news Friday!…jobs and pay are both up!”

  1. Good news indeed- I recently joined Lakeside Neurologic, a provider for post-acute neurorehabilitation, and can confirm this trend with employers offering increases in competitive wages and investing in their most valuable assets, their employees. Lakeside recently announced a tiered wage increase plan to retain current employees and attract new employees. They will also be implementing tuition reimbursement.

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