The Jobless Report September 2010
Below you’ll find the direct information about the jobless rate for September 2010. This information is taken directly from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. I hold that this information is nearly misinformation due to the fact that the Department of Labor refuses to count U-6. The U-6, which is what the government uses to gauge people that have stopped looking for work, climbed to 17.1% from 16.7%. What the U-6 doesn’t measure are the people that actually are looking for work, but just can’t find anything. If somebody needs to make a living, they don’t give up. The government doesn’t take that into consideration though. If they are deemed to have stopped looking for work, they are no longer counted.
The jobless rate increased yet, reported government unemployment rates remained at 9.6%. More and more jobs were lost, yet the unemployment rate remained unaffected. As an investor, you should be looking for the correct information, instead of the reported information.
THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — SEPTEMBER 2010
Nonfarm payroll employment edged down (-95,000) in September, and the unem-
ployment rate was unchanged at 9.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Sta-
tistics reported today. Government employment declined (-159,000), reflec-
ting both a drop in the number of temporary jobs for Census 2010 and job
losses in local government. Private-sector payroll employment continued
to trend up modestly (+64,000).
Household Survey Data
The number of unemployed persons, at 14.8 million, was essentially un-
changed in September, and the unemployment rate held at 9.6 percent. (See
Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for adult men (9.8
percent), adult women (8.0 percent), teenagers (26.0 percent), whites
(8.7 percent), blacks (16.1 percent), and Hispanics (12.4 percent) showed
little or no change in September. The jobless rate for Asians was 6.4
percent, not seasonally adjusted. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)
The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over),
at 6.1 million, was little changed over the month but was down by 640,000
since a series high of 6.8 million in May. In September, 41.7 percent
of unemployed persons had been jobless for 27 weeks or more. (See table
In September, both the civilian labor force participation rate, at 64.7
percent, and the employment-population ratio, at 58.5 percent, were un-
changed. (See table A-1.)
The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes
referred to as involuntary part-time workers) rose by 612,000 over the
month to 9.5 million. Over the past 2 months, the number of such workers
has increased by 943,000. These individuals were working part time be-
cause their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find
a full-time job. (See table A-8.)
About 2.5 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force
in September, up from 2.2 million a year earlier. (The data are not sea-
sonally adjusted.) These individuals were not in the labor force, wanted
and were available for work, and had looked for a job sometime in the
prior 12 months. They were not counted as unemployed because they had
not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey. (See table
Among the marginally attached, there were 1.2 million discouraged work-
ers in September, an increase of 503,000 from a year earlier. (The data
are not seasonally adjusted.) Discouraged workers are persons not cur-
rently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for
them. The remaining 1.3 million persons marginally attached to the labor
force had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey
for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities. (See
Establishment Survey Data
Total nonfarm payroll employment edged down by 95,000 in September.
Government employment fell by 159,000, reflecting both the departure
of 77,000 temporary Census 2010 workers from federal government pay-
rolls and a decline of 76,000 in local government employment. Private-
sector payroll employment continued to trend up (+64,000) over the
month. (See table B-1.)
Health care employment rose by 24,000 in September. The increase was
concentrated in ambulatory health care services (+17,000). Health care
employment has risen by an average of 21,000 per month this year.
Within professional and business services, employment services added
28,000 jobs in September. Temporary help services accounted for most
of the gain.
Within leisure and hospitality, employment in food services and drink-
ing places increased by 34,000 over the month and has risen by 104,000
thus far in 2010.
Mining employment continued to trend up (+6,000) over the month. Mining
has added 77,000 jobs since a recent low in October 2009.
Employment in manufacturing changed little in September and, on net, has
been essentially flat since May. The industry added 134,000 jobs during
the first 5 months of the year.
Employment in wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and ware-
housing, information, and financial activities showed little change in
Employment in construction edged down (-21,000) over the month, partly
offsetting an employment gain in August. Both the August and September
changes were concentrated among nonresidential specialty trade contrac-
tors. Construction employment has shown little net change since February.
Government employment fell by 159,000 in September. A decline in federal
government employment was due to the loss of 77,000 temporary Census 2010
jobs. As of September, about 6,000 temporary decennial census workers re-
mained on the federal government payroll, down from a peak of 564,000 in
May. Employment in local government decreased by 76,000 in September with
job losses in both education and noneducation.
In September, the average workweek for all employees was unchanged at 34.2
hours. The manufacturing workweek for all employees decreased by 0.1 hour
to 40.1 hours, and factory overtime was unchanged at 3.0 hours. The aver-
age workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private non-
farm payrolls was unchanged at 33.5 hours. (See tables B-2 and B-7.)
Average hourly earnings of all employees on private nonfarm payrolls in-
creased by 1 cent to $22.67 in September. Over the past 12 months, aver-
age hourly earnings have increased by 1.7 percent. In September, average
hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employ-
ees increased by 1 cent to $19.10. (See tables B-3 and B-8.)
The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for July was revised from
-54,000 to -66,000, and the change for August was revised from -54,000 to