C&W Industrial Research MarketNote: U.S. Unemployment and Labor Challenges for the Industrial Sector
The U.S. economy is slowly improving. The jobless rate in many metropolitan areas has fallen below the 5.2% to 5.6% level that the Federal Reserve regards as full employment nationally. Industrial sectors are leading the way in many of these markets, generating a large share of new jobs the past several quarters. While the job creation is good news, several workforce and demographic trends may threaten the health of the industrial labor pool long term.