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Manufacturing and Labor Market Show Strong Signs of Recovery in the US

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 2, 2024
Open Positions Continue to Exceed Pre-Pandemic Numbers

The manufacturing industry in the US is showing signs of growth, with factory orders rising 1.4% in February after a decline of 4% in January. This was better than economists had predicted, and it was primarily driven by an increase in durable goods and transportation equipment orders. As a result, new orders for manufactured goods reached $576.8 billion in February.

In other news, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the number of job openings increased to 8.8 million in February, up from a revised 8.7 million in January. This growth was in line with forecasters’ expectations and meant that for every unemployed worker, there were 1.4 job openings, indicating a healthy labor market. Additionally, the number of people quitting their jobs increased slightly to 3.5 million, while layoffs also rose to 1.7 million.

Despite recent interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve to fight inflation, borrowing costs have not significantly changed the dynamics in the labor market yet. Workers continue to have job opportunities and are showing some signs of improved bargaining power, which is a positive indicator of the overall health of the economy.

By Samantha Nguyen

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