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MSN Money's Anthony Mirhaydari explains the overall job market and which skills are in highest demand.
In the video below, MSN Money's Anthony Mirhaydari discusses the current state of the labor market, where he sees it going, and what its impact will be on the overall economy.
The U.S. unemployment rate peaked at 10% in October 2009. While it has been dropping steadily since, reaching 7.6% in March, it is still a long way from its pre-recession low of 4.4%.
Similarly, the economy is no longer shedding more than three-quarters of a million jobs each month, as it did during the height of the recession, but is adding steadily to nonfarm payrolls in the past two and half years.
The improvement, however, has been slow, especially as the economy's growth has somewhat weakened recently again. March payrolls were disappointing, with just 88,000 jobs added.
And Wednesday morning, ADP announced private employers added just 119,000 jobs in April, well below economists' expectations for a gain of 150,000 jobs. Also, March's private payrolls were revised down.
Mirhaydari explains that the labor market is uneven. While some sectors are still quite soft, there is significant tightening in specific sectors, and some employers are even expecting to pay more for labor. In these sectors, Mirhaydari says, it is perhaps time to ask for a raise.
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Exactly what qualifies Anthony as an expert?
I haven't seen him get anything right yet !
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