Facts and Figures

Employment and Unemployment

Mon. April 11, 2016

March 2016

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 215,000 in March, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 5.0 percent. Employment increased in retail trade, construction, and health care. Job losses occurred in manufacturing and mining.

The unemployment rate is a broad, though somewhat crude measure of how workers are faring in the economy. It does not count discouraged workers, nor does it measure under-employment (for example, workers who want a full-time job but can only find part-time work). Making these adjustments would bring the measured unemployment rate up to 10.8%. But even an adjusted unemployment rate says nothing about the quality of jobs in the economy. This last point is particularly important to keep in mind, given the growth of non-standard (temporary and/or contingent) jobs in the U.S. economy.

 

This Month

Last Month

Change

Number Employed
151.320 million
151.074 million
0.25 million
Number Unemployed
7.966 million 7.815 million 0.15 million
Unemployment Rate
5.0% 4.9%

0.100%


Overall Unemployment Rate                                        
5.0%
Whites
4.3%
African-Americans
9.0%
Latinos
5.6%
Asians
4.0%
Women
4.6%
Men
  4.5% 
Teenagers
15.9%

Multiple Jobholders                             
7.592 million - (or 5.0% of those employed)

 

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, The Employment Situation.

 

Updated 4/11/2016 by IAM&AW Strategic Resources Department