Employment Situation Across USA – May 2016 (Household & Establishment)

After months of dormancy, there is finally some news to cheer about for Americans with respect to the unemployment situation in the country. The national Unemployment Rate fell by 0.3 percentage points in May 2016 to clock 4.7 percent with gains of 484,000 jobs during this month. The number of jobless persons in the country at the end of May was 7.4 million.

Healthcare lead the bandwagon by creating the highest jobs during this term while Mining continued to tumble by losing maximum number of jobs. Let’s explore interesting facts from the monthly news release from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S Department of Labor titled “The Employment Situation – May 2016”.

Unemployment Rate Among Major Workers Groups

  • Adult Men – 4.3%
  • Adult Women – 4.2%
  • Teenagers – 16.0%

The jobless rates for the first two categories fell considerably from April 2016. The Teenage jobless rate continues to cause worry for the government authorities as it has refused to improve over the last quarter or so.

Unemployment Rate Among Ethnic Groups

  • Blacks – 8.2%
  • Asians – 4.1%
  • Whites – 4.1%
  • Hispanics – 5.6%

The number of jobless people in the first two ethnic groups edged up slightly while Whites and Hispanics saw considerable improvement from April 2016. This category has not seen much movement in 2016.

General Highlights

  • At the end of May 2016, jobless workers falling under the category of long-term unemployed (without a job for 27 weeks or more) fell by 178,000 to 1.9 million. Surprisingly, persons falling in this category account for 25.1 percent of the overall numbers.
  • Involuntary part-time workers or employed part-time for economic reasons edged up by 468,000 to clock a whopping 6.4 million during this month. This category includes people who prefer full-time employment, but worked part time due to reasons such as reduction in the hours by the employer.
  • A little over 1.7 million persons were tagged marginally attached to the labor force. This category is designed to include unemployed persons who had not looked for a job in four weeks before the survey.
  • From the classification above, 538,000 persons were tagged discouraged workers since they believe no suitable jobs were available for them at the time of survey.

Employment Data in Various Industries (Top Highlights)

1) With 46,000 jobs, the Healthcare industry created the highest number of jobs during this month. Year on Year, it has created over 487,000 jobs.

  • Ambulatory Healthcare Services: +24,000 jobs
  • Hospitals: +17,000 jobs

2) On the contrary, Mining lost 10,000 jobs during May. After September 2014, this sector has lost a whopping 207,000 jobs mainly due to losses in support activities for mining.

  • Support activities for Mining: -6,000 jobs

Other industries of prominence such as Information and Manufacturing also recorded considerable job losses.

Other Highlights

  • The average workweek for all employees remained the same as April 2016 – 34.4 hours.
  • The manufacturing workweek went up by 0.1 hour to clock 40.8 hours and the average overtime was 3.2 hours during this month.
  • The average hourly earnings for all employees was $25.59, up by 9 cents from April 2016.
  • The average hourly earnings of production and non-supervisory employees in the private sector was $21.49, up by 4 cents.

 

Responses

  1. Kerry Harris says:

    Hello, I have a question for you regarding benefits,pls. I have been receiving benefits from around the first of the year until I found a job with a temporary agency. That position only lasted for two weeks and I was quickly able to find another instit I have been receiving benefits from around the first of the year until I found a job with a temporary agency. That position only lasted for two weeks and I was quickly able to find another Job with Aerotech. I have not claimed any benefits now for a few weeks because I was working. The problem is I was injured on my very first day on the job that Aerotek Job Services to. I do believe I will be able to go back to work after I check in with their doctor tomorrow on Monday, May 22, 2017 but I am on sure . I know you did an investigation when I was wrongfully terminated from Ford Motor Company after 24+ years and was told because I did not file for unemployment and will not receive it has advanced so I would have one of the investigation was ongoing. My question is I know you did an investigation when I was wrongfully terminated from Ford Motor Company after 24+ years and was told because I did not file for unemployment and will not receive it has advanced so I would have one of the investigation was ongoing. My question is do I call my UNEMPLOYMENT in as I’m waiting for the doctor? The injury happened on May 2, 2017 and I am quite unsure what to do. It seems the laws are confusing to me as our union normally handle them. If someone could get back with me I would greatly appreciate your time, Kerry Harris 502-794-7582 My email is [email protected]. Thank you so much again for your help, I am just not sure when I am supposed to do. Thanks

    • Sam says:

      Kerry,

      Hope you get well soon.

      Please note this is a private forum and we do not have access to your claim records. I suggest you call the Claims Center to discuss the way forward.

  2. Dedicated server says:

    The decline of 37,200 jobs in the telecommunications industry in May in part reflects the effects of this strike. In the past, strikes in this industry coinciding with the survey reference period had a noticeable negative effect on monthly estimates of changes in industry employment, as can be seen in the chart below.

  3. sheri allen says:

    Is kansas giving extensions yet on their unemployment

    • Martin says:

      As far as I am aware, there is no extension available in Kansas.

      You may want to call the Unemployment Office to confirm.

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