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Employment Situation– August 2015 (Household & Establishment)

Updated : August 1st, 2019

The employment situation for August is improved as per the report of the U.S Department of Labor. With this sustained growth, the country seems to be getting brighter by each passing month. The year 2015 has probably been the finest in the current decade with sustained progression across sectors and demographics.

As a part of our monthly commitment, we bring to you, pleasant news from the U.S Department of Labor, reporting the employment situation in the US for August. The Bureau of Labor Statistics published its monthly dossier earlier this month, throwing light on the Employment Situation in the USA.

Titled “THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — AUGUST 2015”, this release provides a comprehensive break up of employment statistics and data. Let us unravel key aspects that touch your world.  The overall unemployment fell to 5.1%, bringing cheers to the efforts of government agencies. The total payroll employment(non-farm) edged up by 173,000 during this month. Compared to the same period in 2014, the jobless rate was down by 1.0% complemented by fall in unemployed persons by 1.5 million.

Unemployment Rate Among Major Workers Groups

  • Adult Men – 4.7%
  • Adult Women – 4.7%
  • Teenagers – 16.9%

The jobless rate for teenagers continued to trend up while the other two categories witnessed a negligible fall. The focus for government agencies in the next few months should be to improve job environment for teens.

Unemployment Rate Among Ethnic Groups

  • Blacks – 9.5%
  • Asians – 3.5%
  • Whites – 4.4%
  • Hispanics – 6.6%

Except for whites, none of the other ethnic groups witnessed a considerable fall in jobless rates.

General Highlights

  • People falling in the category of unemployed for less than 5 weeks fell by a whopping 393,000 to stand at 2.1 million during the month of August.
  • Around 2.2 million people were grouped as long term unemployed(jobless for more than 27 weeks) accounting for 27.7 % of unemployed persons in August. Numbers in this division has been freefalling over the last 12 months justified by reduction of about 779,000.
  • About 6.5 million persons were employed part-time for economic reasons in August. People in this division could not work full time due to a deliberation from the employer(Eg. Hours cut).
  • The number of persons marginally attached to the labor force stood at 1.8 million, down by 329,000 from the same month in 2014. This category is not considered as unemployed since people did not search for jobs during the 4 weeks immediately preceding this survey.
  • About 624,000 workers were classified as discouraged workers, down by 151,000 from August 2014.  This category of workers has stopped looking for jobs since they believe jobs are not available for them due to various reasons.

Establishment Survey Data

Non-farm payroll employment growth averaged 247,000(monthly) in the last 12 months. Formidable among all sectors were Health Care and Social Assistance, which added 56,000 jobs during August 2015. Employment in Manufacturing reduced by 17,000 jobs in August followed by the Mining industry which lost 9,000 jobs.

Employment Status for August in Various Industries(Top Performing)

1) Health care and Social Assistance stood strong on top of the charts with additions of 41,000 and 16,000 respectively. Over the year, employment in Health care surged up by 457,000 while the Social Assistance sector added 107,000 jobs.

  • Ambulatory Health Care Services – +21,000 jobs
  • Hospitals – +16,000 jobs

2) The Financial Activities sector also performed well by adding 19,000 jobs and clocking an impressive over the year surge of 170,000 jobs.

  • Real Estate – +8,000 jobs
  • Securities, Commodity Contracts & Investments – +5,000

** From making significant job additions in July, Manufacturing lost around 17,000 jobs in August. Since the beginning of 2015, this sector has seen minor falls and gains.

  • Fabricated Metal Products & Food Manufacturing -7,000 each
  • Motor Vehicles and Parts – +6,000

All other major industries such as government, retail trade & construction did not see major changes in its employment numbers during August.

Other Highlights

  • The average workweek for all employees rose by 0.1 hours to 34.6 hours during this month.
  • The average workweek for persons employed in manufacturing was little changed from July at 40.8 hours and factory overtime averaged at 3.3 hours, down by 0.1 hours.
  • During August 2015, the average hourly earnings for all employees( private non-farm payroll) was up by 8 cents at $25.09.

 

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  1. I work for a church pre school program and I have lost my job due to coronavirus. When I applied for unemployment in Texas it says that two does not except this employer as my last employer. I’ve been working there for 13 years. What do I do?

  2. Chad ….. how do I get thru when it wont accept my ID or my password. I change it 5 times and it still wont work. Calling is not working at any time when I spend and whole day calling back to back to get thru. why don’t they just help or force the employers ( company) to place they claims in for their workers like GM did……I NEED HELP…PLEASE.

    1. Chad,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  3. i live in ga…all the day cares have shut down my wife and i have full time jobs,,,but i have to leave my company which i have been there for over two years,to take care of our child….can i still collect unemployment…this covid virus is why i have to leave my job…

    1. Gary,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  4. are you kidding me my son lost his job on 10/17/2020 hes mentally challenged and cant file on his own because he doesn’t know how so I started going to sites trying to file for him and the residence inn Marriott promised to help him and have done zip . ive tried 10 different sites and I keep getting dropped wen I complete forms and push submit. 12 days now n still cant file a claim.

    1. Martin,

      There’s only one website you should be trying from. Please let us know your state and we’ll share the website information.

  5. I have submitted my forms EXACTLY as I was instructed too on line. Even though I have filled out the paperwork correctly I keep getting emails asking for me to fill out the form that I have done multiple times already. Remuneration – Claimant Questionnaire is the issue. I got online and requested a phone call. 3 days ago. I just need to know that you guys received everything and I don’t owe any more information.
    Nobody answers the 617-626-6800 number. Just get directed to the internet. Well, you can’t speak with the internet. I am getting mixed messages and I fret that this will delay any benefits.
    Could someone please give me a call.

    1. James,

      Please try finding answers online since there might be limited phone support due to the shortage of staffing. This is a private forum and we’ll not be able to arrange a callback.

  6. I work for a church that has grown it’s congregation over almost 40 years and we now have 26 mostly full time employees, most being here many years. Will our employees be able to file and receive benefits since we are an EXEMPT from paying unemployment industry? State of Florida

  7. My unemployment benefits ran out 3/1/2020 am I able to file for extended benefits ? I live in California and am 62 years old.

    1. Ariana,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

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