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Employment Situation Across USA – July 2015 (Household & Establishment)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S Department of Labor on Friday, August 7, unveiled its monthly publication on employment situation in the country. Based on data from Household and Establishment survey, this release throws light on the overall footing of the employment/unemployment statistics during the month of July. We bring to you, a synopsis of this report(check the articles section to find updates from previous month).

The Unemployment rate stood strong at 5.3% during July 2015 and the month saw about 215,000 jobs being infused into the system(Non Farm Payroll Employment). A little over 8.3 million citizens remain unemployed, down by about 1.4 million during the same month last year.

Trade, Retail, Professional & Technical services, Healthcare, Financial activities saw maximum movement in terms of job additions.

Household Survey Data

Unemployment Rate Among Major Workers Groups

  • Adult Men – 4.8%
  • Adult Women – 4.9%
  • Teenagers – 16.2%

The Unemployment rate for Teenagers saw a considerable decline while the other two categories saw little change from last month.

Unemployment Rate Among Ethnic Groups

  • Blacks – 9.1%
  • Asians – 4.0%
  • Whites – 4.6%
  • Hispanics – 6.8%

None of the categories above witnessed a major change from June 2015. They largely remained stable.

General Highlights

  • Unemployment among new Entrants(People who’re seeking job for the first time) decreased by 107,000 during this month.
  • The number of long term unemployed(jobless for 27 weeks or more) was 2.2 million, down by about 986,000, when compared to the same month last year.
  • The number of part time workers for economic reasons hovered around 6.3 million. This category of workers are unable to work full time due to various involuntary reasons.
  • The number of persons marginally attached to the labor force was down by 251,000 from last year. Individuals falling in this category are able and available to work but had not searched for jobs in 4 weeks preceding this survey. At the end of July 2015, there were 1.9 million people classified into this category.
  • Among the 1.9 million falling in the category above, about 668,000 were categorised as Discouraged Workers. Unemployed persons falling under this category were not looking for a job(during survey) as they believed no jobs were available for them.

Establishment Survey Data

Employment Data in Various Industries(Top Performing)

1) Retail Trade, the biggest beneficiary of job growth added 36,000 jobs in the month of July. Over the year, the job creations increased by a whopping 322,000.

  • Motor Vehicles & Parts Dealers – + 13,000 jobs
  • Merchandise Stores – + 6,000 jobs

2) Healthcare also witnessed significant growth by adding 28,000 jobs in July 2015 over the month and 436,000 jobs over the year.

  • Hospitals – +16,000 jobs

3) Professional & Technical Services witnessed addition of 27,000 jobs during this month. Over the year, this sector fared well with additions of 301,000 jobs.

  • Computer Systems Design and Related Services – +9,000 jobs
  • Architectural & Engineering Services –  +6,000 jobs
  • Management of Companies & Enterprises – +14,000

Other sectors such as Manufacturing(+15,000), Food Services & Drinking Places(+29,000), Transportation and Warehousing(+14,000) were the other leaders with significant growth figures. The Mining sector lost about 5,000 jobs during this month. This sector has seen a considerable fall with over 78,000 jobs lost since the beginning of this year.

Other Highlights 

  • The average workweek for all employees rose by 0.1 hour to 34.6 hours during this month.
  • Average workweek for workers in the manufacturing sector stood at 40.7 hours, up by 0.1 hours, month on month.
  • The average hourly earnings was up by 5 cents to $24.99. Compared to the same month last year, it was up by 2.1%.

While employment across key industries continues to see an upward trend, there will be job losses at the macro level. If you’re are currently unemployed due to involuntary reasons such as lay offs, you can apply for and claim Unemployment Insurance for up to 26 weeks that helps you manage, basic expenses of life.

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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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