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Analysis Behind and Beyond Government Economic Reporting

Unemployment rate. This represents the proportion of the civilian labor force that is unemployed.

Unemployed persons. All persons who: 1) had no employment during the reference week; 2) were available for work, except for temporary illness; and 3) had made specific efforts, such as contacting employers, to find employment sometime during the 4-week period ending with the reference week. Persons who were waiting to be recalled to a job from which they had been laid off need not have been looking for work to be classified as unemployed.

Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Handbook of Methods

Chart of Unemployment Rate.  Official (U-3) and the broader, under-utilization rate (U-6) Chart comparing the Unemployment rates for men and women
Chart of unemployment rates for people without a college education.

Chart of unemployment rates for people with college education


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