Breaking Down the Unemployment Rate

More than One Million Unaccounted For

The U.S. unemployment rate is at a 10-year low, and here's how it breaks down. 

About 94 million people in the United States are unemployed, making the 4.4 percent a 10-year low. They're either retired, in school, disabled or taking care of a loved one reports CNN. The labor force is made of up of 254 million working Americans 16 years and older. More than 150 million have a job, and nearly eight million are looking for a job, leaving 94.6 million American not in the labor force. Where are these people? Here's how it breaks down:

  • 44.1 million are retired
  • 15.3 million are disabled
  • 14.7 million are in college or job training
  • 12.9 million are taking care of a family member
  • 5.7 million have looked for a job in the past or want a job, but have given up for more than a year
  • 1.9 million Americans are in the shadows, and nobody knows why they are not in the workforce 


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