A Tale Of 2 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, the payroll survey shows that companies have created nearly 4.5 million jobs. The household survey shows the number of employed rose almost 4 million.
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