Apart from low unemployment, just how healthy is the job market?

October 2, 2015 12:13 PM

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The U.S. unemployment rate — now just 5.1 percent — grabs a lot of the attention each month when the government issues its jobs data. Yet the rate doesn't come close to sketching a full picture of the job market.

It's a hard question to answer in the aftermath of the Great Recession, which produced only a tepid recovery and left damage that still isn't fully repaired. It's why the Federal Reserve has struggled to determine whether to raise interest rates from record lows: If the job market is back to normal,...

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