(U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS)
OFFICIAL UNEMPLOYMENT: 4.1%* [Analyses]
|Persons with a disability**||
|Men 20 years and over||
|Women 20 years and over||
|Teens (16-19 years)||
|Working part-time because can’t find a full-time job:||5.0 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.)||5.2 million|
**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 2016, that number was 16.8 million, 14.8 percent of full-time, full-year workers (estimated from Current Population Survey, Bur. of the Census, 8/17). The poverty threshold in 2016 was $24,563 for a family of four.
In December 2017, the latest month available, the number of job openings was 5.8 million. Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary, February 6, 2018. Thus there are 2.9 job-wanters for each available job.