Six Numbers to Look at in Jobs Report

On Friday at 8:30 a.m., the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will publish the first government snapshot of August’s economic activity — the monthly employment report.

Headline news will be the unemployment rate, forecast to stay at 7.4%, and the number of nonfarm payroll jobs created, forecast at 180,000, up from 162,000 in July. The details inside the BLS’s 25 tables are especially important this week because the Fed is considering tapering off its monetary accommodation as the economy improves.

Here are six data points to watch when you go to and click on “Employment Situation.”

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