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.


22 thoughts on “How To Survive Unemployment”

  1. I am currently receiving unemployment in texas and my benefits is coming to an end and I still have not found a job can I apply for an extension.

    1. Andie,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  2. I work for a car wash in Reno,NV. Now that its winter time can I file a claim to make up for the lack of hours I was accustomed to before winter. now granted the people in charge are always screaming we gotta keep labor down. To me the way they keep labor down is not giving the employees there schedueled breaks and making them punch out for an additional 30min. Now because of that I lose more than 10 hours per week. that’s affecting my pay check tremendously. So my question is can I file a claim to make up the difference and keep my job?

    1. Henry,

      If you’re on the rolls of your employer (not on contract) and the employer remits unemployment taxes into the system, you can be eligible to claim partial UI benefits.

    1. Stephen,

      You should have applied for benefits during the period of unemployment. You will not be able to claim in retrospect. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.


  4. I worked in PA for the last 8 months and for 4 years in NJ before that. There was no break in employment. I was laid off yesterday from the PA job. I think I should apply in PA but how would I make sure that wages from both states are accounted for?

  5. I worked in Maryland for 5 years and was on Maryland unemployment for a month before finding another job and should still have an active Maryland claim there. The new company I work for is based in Virginia and I started in early November until the government shutdown in late Dec. Should I file a new claim in Virginia or continue with Maryland UE? Also I picked up a part time job on weekends 3 weeks ago averaging about 18 hours. How would that work?

    1. Matt,

      Since you’ve already filed a claim in Maryland, please wait for a determination to be made. You should report the income from the part-time job to the Unemployment Office. Please call the Claims Center.

    1. Ralph,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  6. I worked in Washington State in January, 2017 to March, 2018. I worked in Montana from March, 2018 to March, 2019 My residence is in Washington State. Which state do I apply for Unemployment Insurance?