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The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of households conducted by the Bureau of Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It provides a comprehensive body of data on the labor force, employment, unemployment, persons not in the labor force, hours of work, earnings, and other demographic and labor force characteristics.
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% in Oct 2022
Change in Unemployment Level: +306,000 in Oct 2022
Change in Employment Level: -328,000 in Oct 2022
Change in Civilian Labor Force Level: -22,000 in Oct 2022
Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate: 62.2% in Oct 2022
//EMPSIT QCT PO Test 4/18/2023// Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 223,000 in December, and the
unemployment rate edged down to 3.5 percent. Notable job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, health care, construction, and social assistance.
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The number of wage and salary workers belonging to unions declined by 321,000 to
14.3 million in 2020. The union membership rate was 10.8 percent, up by 0.5
percentage point from 2019, reflecting the much larger decline in employment
among nonunion workers.
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African American or Black History Month originally began as a week of observance in February 1926. To celebrate Black History Month, 2018, this issue of Spotlight on Statistics presents some historical data and projections on Blacks in the labor force. read more »
This article focuses on part-time workers who chose to work part time in 2016 and the noneconomic reasons for doing so. read more »
In 2020, the overall unemployment rate (jobless rate) for the United States was 3.9 percent; however, the rate varied across race and ethnicity groups. Among the race groups, jobless rates were higher than the national rate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (6.6 percent), Blacks or African Americans (6.5 percent), people categorized as being of Two or More Races (5.5 percent), and Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (5.3 percent). read more »