Charts of the Week: Payroll vs GDP

Monday, November 10, 2003 | 02:09 PM

Payrolls rise for the 3rd consecutive month; Net job creation will start occurring when the change in payrolls is plus 200,000.

Change in non-farm payrolls vs. GDP
(doubleclick for full image)

Payrolls Rise and Unemployment
Source: WSJ, Labor Department

The unemployment levels peaked in 2002 at 6.5%. While joblessness may be up from the peak levels during the 1999 and 2000 bubble, 6% is considered an historically modest level.

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