Unemployment Hits A 26-Year High Of 10.2%

The pace of job losses has slowed significantly, but the economy still divested itself of 190,000 jobs in October, sending the national unemployment rate to 10.2%, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It should be noted that the unemployment rate only tracks people actively seeking work.

If you’re interested in statistics the Bureau has another one that you might like. The employment-to-population ratio calculates the proportion of the country’s working-age population that is employed. Currently, our employment-to-population ratio is at 58.5%. Wikipedia tells us that a “high” ratio would be around 70%.

There’s also something called the “underemployment” rate, which tracks part-time workers and those who have simply given up. This rate is currently at 17.5%, says the NYT.

As far as industries go, if you’re in construction and manufacturing, you’re in trouble. Manufacturing in particular has lost 2.1 million jobs in just the last 2 years.

Heath care, however, is doing fine. The Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us that since the recession began, heath care has added 597,000 jobs.

The news is most grim if you’re a teenager: 27.6% of teenagers who are looking for work are unable to find it.

Here’s a scary/depressing graph:

Employment Situation Summary [Bureau of Labor Statistics]
U.S. Unemployment Rate Hits 10.2%, Highest in 26 Years [NYT]
(Photo:Jay Adan)