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  •  Simple Calculations from the linked report (0+ / 0-)

    or the data is in the linked report.

    Here are the simple calculations

    Change in employment = change in part time + change in full time

    Total Hours worked = Total Employment * Ave Weekly Hours

    Total Compensation = Total Employment * Ave Weekly Hours * Ave Hourly Compensation

    I did not want to clutter the diary with simple math.

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    by nextstep on Thu May 09, 2013 at 12:47:29 PM PDT

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    •  I see your mistake (2+ / 0-)
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      Bush Bites, Meteor Blades

      You are confounding BLS Household Data with BLS Establishment Data.

      In BLS Household data:
      Change in employment = + 293
      (  --4th line)

      Change in part time = +107
      Change in full time = +150
      (  -- 6 lines up from bottom of chart)

      I don't know why they don't add up to +293, but at least those are figures from the same data set.

      You're trying to compare BLS Establishment data of total nonfarm employment = +165
      (    -- top line)

      to part time changes from another table in the BLS Household data. I think maybe this?
      which shows part time for economic reasons +268

      But those are apples and oranges. The BLS uses the establishment data to report jobs created / lost; and Household data for unemployment information.

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      by Roby NJ on Thu May 09, 2013 at 02:28:31 PM PDT

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    •  Total hours & total compensation up over 12 months (1+ / 0-)
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      I wouldn't put too much stock in month-over-month numbers for hours & compensation. Slightly down March to April in a month with good job numbers, but up significantly February to March in a month with disappointing job numbers.

      I'd look at 12 month data -- and both total hours and total compensation at steady upward trajectory....

      TOO SLOW!!!! but nonetheless upward, consistent with a weak recovery.

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      by Roby NJ on Thu May 09, 2013 at 02:57:34 PM PDT

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      •  Actually, inflation-adjusted wages have... (0+ / 0-)

        ...increased by a paltry 2.25 percent since December 2007.

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        by Meteor Blades on Thu May 09, 2013 at 07:41:19 PM PDT

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