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Employment situation Summary

Table A-15. Alternative measures of labor underutilization

HOUSEHOLD DATA
Table A-15. Alternative measures of labor underutilization
 [Percent]
Measure Not seasonally adjusted Seasonally adjusted
Sept.
2015
Aug.
2016
Sept.
2016
Sept.
2015
May
2016
June
2016
July
2016
Aug.
2016
Sept.
2016

U-1 Persons unemployed 15 weeks or longer, as a percent of the civilian labor force

2.0 1.8 1.9 2.1 1.9 2.0 2.0 1.9 2.0

U-2 Job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs, as a percent of the civilian labor force

2.2 2.4 2.2 2.5 2.3 2.4 2.3 2.4 2.5

U-3 Total unemployed, as a percent of the civilian labor force (official unemployment rate)

4.9 5.0 4.8 5.1 4.7 4.9 4.9 4.9 5.0

U-4 Total unemployed plus discouraged workers, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus discouraged workers

5.3 5.3 5.1 5.4 5.0 5.2 5.2 5.3 5.3

U-5 Total unemployed, plus discouraged workers, plus all other persons marginally attached to the labor force, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force

6.0 6.0 5.9 6.2 5.7 6.0 6.0 5.9 6.0

U-6 Total unemployed, plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force

9.6 9.7 9.3 10.0 9.7 9.6 9.7 9.7 9.7

NOTE: Persons marginally attached to the labor force are those who currently are neither working nor looking for work but indicate that they want and are available for a job and have looked for work sometime in the past 12 months. Discouraged workers, a subset of the marginally attached, have given a job-market related reason for not currently looking for work. Persons employed part time for economic reasons are those who want and are available for full-time work but have had to settle for a part-time schedule. Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data. 

Labor Participation Rate

Data extracted on: October 7, 2016 (4:25:11 PM)

 

Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey

 

Series Id:           LNS11300000
Seasonally Adjusted
Series title:        (Seas) Labor Force Participation Rate
Labor force status:  Civilian labor force participation rate
Type of data:        Percent or rate
Age:                 16 years and over


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Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2006 66.0 66.1 66.2 66.1 66.1 66.2 66.1 66.2 66.1 66.2 66.3 66.4
2007 66.4 66.3 66.2 65.9 66.0 66.0 66.0 65.8 66.0 65.8 66.0 66.0
2008 66.2 66.0 66.1 65.9 66.1 66.1 66.1 66.1 66.0 66.0 65.9 65.8
2009 65.7 65.8 65.6 65.7 65.7 65.7 65.5 65.4 65.1 65.0 65.0 64.6
2010 64.8 64.9 64.9 65.2 64.9 64.6 64.6 64.7 64.6 64.4 64.6 64.3
2011 64.2 64.1 64.2 64.2 64.1 64.0 64.0 64.1 64.2 64.1 64.1 64.0
2012 63.7 63.8 63.8 63.7 63.7 63.8 63.7 63.5 63.7 63.8 63.6 63.7
2013 63.6 63.4 63.3 63.4 63.4 63.4 63.3 63.2 63.3 62.8 63.0 62.9
2014 62.9 63.0 63.2 62.8 62.8 62.8 62.9 62.9 62.8 62.9 62.9 62.7
2015 62.9 62.8 62.7 62.7 62.8 62.6 62.6 62.6 62.4 62.5 62.5 62.6
2016 62.7 62.9 63.0 62.8 62.6 62.7 62.8 62.8 62.9      

Labor force numbers
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