Associated Press: A tale of 2 US employment surveys, at a glance
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The U.S. economy added 80,000 jobs in June. Yet the unemployment rate stayed the same.
Why didn't the increase in jobs lower the unemployment rate?Because the government does one survey to learn how many jobs were created and another survey to determine the unemployment rate. Those surveys can produce results that sometimes seem to conflict. One is called the payroll survey. It asks mostly large companies and government agencies how many people they employed during the month. This survey produces the number of jobs gained or lost.
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