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Both Images: Credit DLP Report

Seeing Disney characters at the theme park is one of the most magical aspect of Disney. From the Disney Princess to, of course, the one and only Mickey Mouse, regardless of your age, meeting the characters brings the inner child out in all of us.

But what is even more magical is when worlds collide — Seeing the Fab Five interact with the Disney Princesses, for example, does not happen often so when it does, many consider it a magical moment.

Well, recently one of the members of the Fab Five began cheering on the Frozen queens in Disneyland Paris.

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Credit: Disney

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Anna and Elsa have been making appearances on a Frozen-themed float in Disneyland Paris for Disney’s Ultimate Princess Celebration. Well, on one of their recent endeavors, they passed by Goofy, who was greeting Guests nearby. Goofy immediately stopped what he was doing to cheer on the Queens as they wrapped up their route.

DLP Report posted the following photo, showing Goofy cheering as the Frozen-themed float passed by along with the caption:

Goofy, big Frozen fan

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We think it’s so fun when worlds collide and Disney characters from different stories interact with one another, especially when they show full love and support! Watching Goofy cheer on Elsa and Anna from the sideline is truly a magical moment.

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Credit: Disney Parks Blog

Related: ‘Frozen’ Sing Along Show Returns to Disney World!

Have you ever seen Disney characters from different stories interact with one another? Let us know in the comments below.

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A Number to Embrace with Enthusiasm

April’s Employment Situation report, released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), records an increase in total U.S. employment of +266,000 jobs month to month. While plus a quarter of a million net new jobs seems, on first blush, to be an impressive figure, Graph 1 makes clear that it registers as only a minor blip in the context of the employment swings we’ve been seeing over the past 14 months.

+266,000 for Total U.S. Jobs Not So Great; +331,000 for Leisure & Hospitality Jobs Rates Cheers Text Graphic

Furthermore, due to a slight uptick in the participation rate, from 61.5% in March to 61.7% in April, the seasonally adjusted (SA) unemployment rate in the latest month deteriorated to 6.1% from 6.0% in the prior month.

But there is one number on the jobs front to be embraced with enthusiasm. The ‘leisure and hospitality’ sector has been bearing the brunt of the economic downturn initiated by the coronavirus infection outbreak last year. Finally, a turning point appears to have been reached.

Coincident with the aggressive vaccine rollout and timed to greet warmer and healthier summer weather, bars and restaurants have dramatically changed tack. In April, staffing in the sector shot ahead by +331,000 jobs. The year-over-year increase in ‘leisure and hospitality’ employment was +69.1%.

Such an outsized percentage-change figure highlights an effect we’ll be seeing for months to come. Because of the big drop in jobs in March-April of 2020, comparisons of the current year with last year will benefit from a low base (i.e., low denominator) in the math calculation.

Seeing large percentage gains in employment will be a confidence booster. For example, total U.S. employment in April was +10.9% y/y. In services, the y/y jobs jump was +14.0%; in manufacturing, +7.6%; and in construction, +14.0%.

Graph 1: U.S.: Month-to-month Total Jobs Creation

Due to last Spring's plunge in employment, a low base effect caused the U.S. total jobs count to be +10.9% y/y in April of this year. The latest month-to-month change was  +0.2%.

Latest data point is for April, 2021.

Data sources: Payroll Survey, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Chart: ConstructConnect.

Construction Jobs Flat, but Pay Soars

In the individual month of April, construction employment stayed flat. Graph 2 sets out employment change in construction by types of structure and general versus sub-trade contractors. The only significant movement in jobs in April was the shedding of 12,000 positions by sub-trade firms engaged in nonresidential construction activity.

The not seasonally adjusted (NSA) unemployment rate in construction in April, however, improved to 7.7% from March’s 8.6% and it was less than half April 2020’s 16.6%.

And the somewhat tighter labor market for construction workers has been accompanied by a reversal in year-over-year compensation rates realized versus ‘all jobs’. Previously, construction workers were trailing; now they’ve moved out front.

The ‘all jobs’ wage hikes calculated by the BLS for the latest month were +0.3% hourly and +2.7% weekly. Construction workers did considerably better at +3.8% hourly and +7.1% weekly.

Leaving out supervisory personnel, the ‘all jobs’ y/y earnings climbs in April were +1.2% hourly and +3.9% weekly. Construction workers (excluding bosses) saw their pay checks rise by +5.3% hourly and +9.4% weekly. 

Graph 2: Change in Level of U.S. Construction Employment,