Unemployment in May 2010
June 10, 2010
In May, the number of unemployed persons was 15.0 million. The unemployment rate edged down to 9.7 percent, the same rate as in the first 3 months of 2010.
In May, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) was about unchanged at 6.8 million. These individuals made up 46.0 percent of unemployed persons, about the same as in April.
The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons declined by 343,000 in May to 8.8 million. These individuals, sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers, were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.
There were 1.1 million discouraged workers in May, up by 291,000 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.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment in May 2010 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2010/ted_20100610.htm (visited July 25, 2017).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Employer-sponsored healthcare coverage across wage groups
A look at the relationship between employee wages and access to, participation in, and costs of employer-sponsored medical, dental, and vision care benefit plans.
Sports and Exercise
A look at participation and time spent in sports and exercise activities.
Women at Work
A look at women's labor force participation and earnings, how women spend their time and money, the nature of fatal work injuries, and labor force projections for the future.
STEM occupations: past, present, and future
A look at employment and wages in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics occupations.