NOVEMBER 2015 Unemployment Data–the Full Count*
(U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS)
OFFICIAL UNEMPLOYMENT: 5.0%*
|Persons with a disability**||
|Men 20 years and over||
|Women 20 years and over||
|Teens (16-19 years)||
*If the LFPR were at its pre-recession level, the unemployment rate in November 2015 would have been 7.0% instead of 5.0%. [See “The Labor Force Participation Rate and Its Trajectory”]
|Working part-time because can’t find a full-time job:||6.1 million|
|People who want jobs but are not looking so are not counted in official statistics (of which about 1.7 million** searched for work during the prior 12 months and were available for work during the reference week.)||5.6million|
Source: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf See also Current Employment Statistics–Highlights
**Not seasonally adjusted.
*See Uncommon Sense #4 for an explanation of the unemployment measures, and Is the Decline in the Labor Force Participation Rate During This Recession Permanent?.
In addition, millions more were working full-time, year-round, yet earned less than the official poverty level for a family of four. In 2013, the latest year available, that number was 18.5 million, 17.5 percent of full-time, full-year workers (estimated from Current Population Survey, Bur. of the Census, 9/2014).
In September 2015, the latest month available, the number of job openings was 5.5 million. “The number of job openings was little changed in September for total private and government. Job openings increased in professional and business services (+126,000) and retail trade (+64,000). The number of openings was little changed in all four regions.” Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary, November 12, 2015. Thus there are approximately 3.5 job-wanters for each available job.
Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary
Unemployment Rate Vastly Understates Labor Market Weakness EPI
Chartbook: The Legacy of the Great Recession (CBPP)