Jobs report skewed by partial shutdown that has now ended

Feb. 1, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement on the latest jobs report:

“The jobs numbers today are fairly straightforward. Leaving aside the annual January population adjustment, if you take into account the 380,000 furloughed federal workers that were not working during the shutdown, the economy otherwise would have otherwise increased jobs by about 129,000 in this report considering the net loss of about 251,000 in the household survey. In any event, the federal workers are now back on the job and that will be factored into next month’s jobs numbers. The private sector continued to create jobs with an increase of 296,000 private sector jobs in the establishment survey showing an acceleration of non-government job growth over the past three months.”

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