A Tale Of 2 US Employment Surveys, At A Glance
Most Americans focus more on the unemployment rate, which comes from the household survey. But economists generally prefer the jobs figure from the payroll survey.
Economists note that the surveys tend to even out over time. Since the recession ended in June 2009, the payroll surveys have shown that employers added 3.25 million jobs. The household surveys have shown that 3.21 million more people said they found work.
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