Unemployment in June 2010

July 07, 2010

In June, both the number of unemployed persons, at 14.6 million, and the unemployment rate, at 9.5 percent, edged down.

Unemployment rate, January 2008—June 2010
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In June, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) was unchanged at 6.8 million. These individuals made up 45.5 percent of unemployed persons.

The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons, at 8.6 million, was little changed over the month but was down by 525,000 over the past 2 months. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.

There were 1.2 million discouraged workers in June, up by 414,000 from a year earlier (not seasonally adjusted). Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — June 2010" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-10-0886.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Unemployment in June 2010 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2010/ted_20100707.htm (visited September 02, 2014).

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