There were 6.8 million unemployed people in the country

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, national job gains increased by 206,000 in June.

Job gains occurred in government, health care, social assistance, and construction while the unemployment rate changed little at 4.1%. The statistics come from two monthly surveys, the Household Data Survey (HSD) and the Establishment Data Survey (EDS). 

“The household survey measures labor force status, including unemployment, by demographic characteristics, according to the release. “The establishment survey measures nonfarm employment, hours and earnings by industry.”

According to the HSD, there were 6.8 million unemployed people in the country (very little change from June).

“These measures are higher than a year earlier when the jobless rate was 3.6% and the number of unemployed people was 6.0 million,” according to the release.

Unemployment rates for the major work groups are as follows:

  • Adult women (3.7%)
  • Asians (4.1%) increased in June
  • adult men (3.8%)
  • teenagers (12.1%)
  • Whites (3.5%)
  • Blacks (6.3%)
  • Hispanics (4.9%) showed little or no change over the month

The number of long-term unemployed, jobless for 27 weeks or more, rose by 166,000 to 1.5 million in June up from 1.1 million a year ago.

“The long-term unemployed accounted for 22.2% of all unemployed people in June,” according to the release. “The labor force participation rate changed little at 62.6% in June and the employment-population ratio held at 60.1%. These measures showed little or no change over the year.”

Those employed part-time for economic reasons, who would have preferred full-time employment but were working part-time because their hours had been reduced or were unable to find full-time jobs, sat at 4.2 million. The number of people who wanted a job declined by 483,000 (5.2 million), according to the report.

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