Jobs numbers - what to expect?

Tomorrow, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the January unemployment report. Given yesterday's news that the U.S. economy contacted by 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter, what should Americans expect from tomorrow's release?

"The unemployment rate should hold steady in January. However, the poor GDP numbers for the fourth quarter of 2012 suggest that unless Congress acts to finally resolve the debt ceiling issue for the long-term and address sequestration, the momentum that the economy has gained over the last few months could be short-lived."Aparna Mathur, AEI economist

Several AEI economists are available to comment on the jobs numbers both before and after their release. Please contact mediaservices@aei.org or 202.862.5829 for help reaching a scholar

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Aparna
Mathur
  • Aparna Mathur is an economist who writes about taxes and wages. She has been a consultant to the World Bank and has taught economics at the University of Maryland. Her work ranges from research on carbon taxes and the impact of state health insurance mandates on small firms to labor market outcomes. Her research on corporate taxation includes the widely discussed coauthored 2006 "Wages and Taxes" paper, which explored the link between corporate taxes and manufacturing wages.
  • Phone: 202-828-6026
    Email: amathur@aei.org
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    Name: Hao Fu
    Phone: 202-862-5214
    Email: hao.fu@aei.org

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