Fishing jobs are down as much as 4 percent, according to data released Monday by the U.S. Department of Labor, but that’s more than double the unemployment rate of 4.9 percent in February.
That’s because fewer people are fishing than before the downturn.
“I think the biggest question is how much the job market is changing,” said Paul Boudreaux, an economist at the University of Maryland.
“What are the expectations?
How many people are in there?”
The U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia said in a report in March that fishing and other jobs in the region are now at or below pre-recession levels, although many people aren’t looking for them.
Still, that job market may be improving, and the data could be a good sign for the economy.
It’s a measure of job growth rather than unemployment, Boudres said.
That suggests the recovery could be picking up.
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