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Steve Mnuchin: ‘The Unemployment Rate Is Not Real’

During his confirmation hearing on Thursday, Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin said the unemployment rate reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not capture the reality of the conditions facing American workers.

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July Job Numbers Reveal Bad Economy and Donald Trump’s Appeal

WASHINGTON—On Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor released employment numbers for July that look good from a distance, but under the surface, they show that millions of Americans are in dire economic straits, giving Donald Trump an opening to bring in voters who normally vote for Democrats.

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94,517,000 Americans Not in the Labor Force in June

The BLS reports that 94,517,000 Americans were neither employed nor made an effort to find employment — due to discouragement, retirement, schooling or otherwise — during the month of June.

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Black Unemployment Rises, More than Double White Unemployment Rate

While the unemployment rate dropped across the major demographic groups last month, African American unemployment jumped to more than double the white unemployment rate and nearly twice the national unemployment rate, according to new jobs data released Friday.

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Black Unemployment More than Twice as High As White Unemployment

According to the BLS, the African American unemployment rate remained more than twice as high as the unemployment rate among white workers, which declined from 4.4 percent in October to 4.3 percent in November. African American unemployment increased from 9.2 percent to 9.4 percent from October to November.

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Record 94,610,000 Americans Not in Labor Force

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that a record 94,610,000 people (ages 16 and over) were not in the labor force in September. In other words they were neither employed nor had made specific efforts to find work in the prior four weeks.

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Foreign-Born Job Growth Outpacing Native-Born 2.6 to 1

Since the start of the recession in December 2007, the foreign-born population has outpaced the native-born population in net job growth — with foreign-born workers gaining 2.6 jobs for every job gained by a native-born worker.

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Record 56,209,000 Women Not in Labor Force

The number of women not in the labor force reached a record high in July, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Record 93,770,000 Americans Not in Labor Force

The number of people not in the labor force reached another record high in July, according to new jobs data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Gallup Ignores All-Time High Food Stamp Usage As Reason For 7-Year Low Percentage Americans Struggling To Afford Food

Gallup explains its poll results in terms of an “improving U.S. job market,” at a time when a record 93,194,000 Americans were not in the labor force in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In addition, though Gallup shows a 3.5 percent decrease in the percentage of blacks struggling to afford food, data released Friday by the BLS shows that the unemployment rate for African Americans was nearly twice the national average, and more than double the unemployment rate for whites last month.

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American Economy Still Down by 5.9 Million Jobs Since 2008

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) just published the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary (JOLTS) report for February. The job openings percent for the workforce hit a 14 year high of 5.1 million, while the layoffs and discharges percentage stayed at a historic low. But despite the job availability rate more than doubling since 2009, the hiring rate only grew by 30 percent in the same period. Adjusted for population growth, the American economy is still down by 5.9 million jobs.

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Obama’s ‘Recovery’ Freezes Up Again

For the last few months, we’ve heard loud trumpeting about “strong” job reports and signs of economic growth, which the President and his defenders were naturally eager to claim credit for. Not in March.

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Union Membership Continues to Dwindle

Union membership in America continues to dwindle, according to new data released on Friday by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.