Inthis rate stood at 5. Unemployment rate stood at 4.
Overview[ edit ] Unemployment generally falls during periods of economic prosperity and rises during recessions, creating significant pressure on public finances as tax revenue falls and social safety net costs increase. Government spending and taxation decisions fiscal policy and U.
Federal Reserve interest rate adjustments monetary policy are important tools for managing the unemployment rate. There may be an economic trade-off between unemployment and inflation, as policies designed to reduce unemployment can create inflationary pressure, and vice versa.
Federal Reserve the Fed has a dual mandate to achieve full employment while maintaining a low rate of inflation. The major political parties debate appropriate solutions for improving the job creation rate, with liberals arguing for more government spending and conservatives arguing for lower taxes and less regulation.
Polls indicate that Americans believe job creation is the most important government priority, with not sending jobs overseas the primary solution. A person is defined as unemployed in the United States if they are jobless, but have looked for work in the last four weeks and are available for work.
People who are neither employed nor defined as unemployed are not included in the labor force calcualation. For example, as of Septemberthe unemployment rate in the United States was 4.
These figures were calculated with a civilian labor force of approximately The gap is the number unemployed, which peaked at Bureau of Labor Statistics has defined the basic employment concepts as follows: People who are jobless, looking for jobs within the last 4 weeks, and available for work are unemployed.
People who are neither employed nor have looked for a job within the last 4 weeks are not included in the labor force.
Employed persons consist of: All persons who did any work for pay or profit during the survey reference week. All persons who did at least 15 hours of unpaid work in a family-owned enterprise operated by someone in their household.
All persons who were temporarily absent from their regular jobs, whether they were paid or not. Full-time employed persons work 35 hours or more, considering all jobs, while part-time employed persons work less than 35 hours.
Unemployed[ edit ] Who is counted as unemployed? Persons are classified as unemployed if they do not have a job, have actively looked for work in the prior 4 weeks, and are currently available for work. Workers expecting to be recalled from layoff are counted as unemployed, whether or not they have engaged in a specific job-seeking activity.
In all other cases, the individual must have been engaged in at least one active job search activity in the 4 weeks preceding the interview and be available for work except for temporary illness in order to be counted as unemployed.
Labor force[ edit ] Who is not in the labor force? Persons not in the labor force are those who are not classified as employed or unemployed during the survey reference week. Labor force measures are based on the civilian noninstitutional population 16 years old and over.
Excluded are persons under 16 years of age, all persons confined to institutions such as nursing homes and prisons, and persons on active duty in the Armed Forces.The U.S. Department of Labor's Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs provide unemployment benefits to eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own, and meet certain other eligibility requirements.
The unemployment rate in the United States varies across states. Nation-wide unemployment was percent as of December and has remained almost the same over the last year. Unemployment Help. Learn how to apply for unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation, welfare or temporary assistance, and other programs and services that can help if you lose your job.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | Local Area Unemployment Statistics Information and Analysis, PSB Suite , 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE Washington, DC Youth Unemployment Rate in the United States decreased to percent in October from percent in September of Youth Unemployment Rate in the United States averaged percent from until , reaching an all time high of percent in April of and a record low of percent in September of The Employment Report put out monthly by the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is one of the most-watched indicators of the state of the United States economy, headed by one statistic: the unemployment rate.