July 07, 2004
The number of unemployed persons, 8.2 million, was essentially unchanged in June 2004, and the unemployment rate held steady at 5.6 percent. The unemployment rate has been 5.6 percent in all but one month this year.
Total employment was 139.0 million in June, and the employment-population ratio—the proportion of the population age 16 and over with jobs—was about unchanged at 62.3 percent. The civilian labor force participation rate also was little changed at 66.0 percent.