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

With the economic outlook remaining largely stable, the unemployment rate in March 2016 was 5.0 percent, adding a little over 215,000 jobs during this month. While industries such as construction, healthcare and retail created the highest number of jobs, mining and manufacturing had the highest number of job losses. The number of unemployment persons in the US at the end of March was 8.0 million.

Let’s unveil the monthly publication from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (US Department of Labor), titled “The Employment Situation – March”, give it a 360 degree view and mine the numbers that really matters to you.

Unemployment Rate Among Major Workers Groups

  • Adult Men – 4.5%
  • Adult Women – 4.6%
  • Teenagers – 15.9%

While the jobless rate for adult men remained stable, the rate for adult women and teenagers edged up by 0.1 and 0.6 percentage points respectively. We hope, federal and state agencies focus on creating more employment opportunities for teenagers, which has shown little improvement, month on month.

Unemployment Rate Among Ethnic Groups

  • Blacks – 9.0%
  • Asians – 4.0%
  • Whites – 4.3%
  • Hispanics – 5.6%

All major ethnic groups except whites saw increase in unemployment rates from February 2016.

General Highlights

  • In March, the number of long-term unemployed persons was 2.2 million. A tag given to people unemployed for 27 weeks or more, such individuals constituted 27.6% of the overall unemployed.
  • About 6.1 million people were employed part time for economic reasons, a category that has seen little movement since November last year.
  • During this month, 1.7 million persons were tagged marginally attached to the labor force, down by 335,000 from the same month, last year.
  • From the category above, 585,000 persons were tagged discouraged workers, a category to classify those who who are currently not looking for a job since they believe no jobs are available to match their skillset and experience.

Employment Data in Various Industries (Top Highlights)

1) Retail trade added the highest number of jobs in March among all the industries. It created 48,000 jobs and continues to lead by example over the last couple of months.

  • General merchandise stores – +12,000
  • Health & personal care stores – +10,000

2) Construction was another sector that has continued to remain stable in the last few months. It added 37,000 jobs during March 2016.

  • Residential specialty trade contractors – +12,000
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction – +11,000

3) Mining continued to tumble with heavy loss of employment. This sector lost 12,000 jobs during this month, it continues to lose jobs since November 2015.

  • Support activities for mining -10,000

Other Highlights

  • In March 2016, the average workweek for all employees was 34.4 hours, the same as last month.
  • The average hourly earnings for all employees was $25.43, up by 7 cents. The average earnings has steadily risen by 2.3 percent over the year.
  • The average hourly earnings for employees in production and nonsupervisory roles saw a spike of 4 cents to stand at $21.37.

 

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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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