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.
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.