Employment Situation across USA – September 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S department of Labor, released its monthly report on employment situation across the country. This data sheet was in form of a news release that was published on Friday, October 3rd 2014 –“The Employment Situation — September 2014

Our efforts are to keep readers & patrons updated on the latest news on employment situation in the country. We have decoded this extravagant fact sheet and we present the data that matters to you the most.

Key Takeaways

There is joyful news this time around. The national average jobless rate for September 2014 is 5.9, which is a 0.2 percentage points shrinkage from August 2014. This is significantly the lowest since the onset and retreat of recession in the country.

Around 248,000 jobs were added during this month which is a sharp rise of about 42.74 % when compared to August 2014, where about 142,000 jobs were added. This is an ice breaker figure and represents affirmative times ahead for the nation.

The number of unemployed persons was down by 329,000 to about 9.3 million. Year on Year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 1.3 percentage points and 1.9 million, respectively.

Household Survey Data

Unemployment rates for major worker groups are as below.

Adult men (5.3), Adult women (5.5), Teenagers (20.0)

Whites (5.1), Blacks (11.0), Hispanics (6.9), Asians (4.3)

These rates are not seasonally adjusted.

  • The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) remained stagnant at 3.0 million. These individuals constitute about 31.9 % of the total unemployed.
  • The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) during September was 7.1 million. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.

Establishment Survey Data

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 248,000 in September, compared with an average monthly gain of 213,000 over the prior 12 months. Professional & business services, retail trade & healthcare sectors saw growth in jobs.

Worker in a Heavy Metals Industry
  • Professional and business services added 81,000 jobs during the month
  • Job growth in retail trade rose by 35,000
  • Employment in health care increased by 23,000
  • Information sector added 12,000 jobs with a gain of 5,000 in telecommunications
  • Mining added 9,000 jobs during this month
  • Food services and drinking places added a significant number of jobs(20,000)
  • Construction industry also saw an upward trend which added about 16,000 jobs

The average workweek for all employees on nonfarm employment went up by a meagre 0.1 hour to 34.6 hours.

Average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payroll stood at $ 24.53 which is an increase of 2.0 per cent, year on year.

If you’re unemployed and looking forward to claiming unemployment compensation for the first time, we suggest that you read our informative guide  before applying to help you understand the UI system.  




  1. Are you able to receive unemployment in the state of Ga if you receive lump sum severance (which was the same pay as a 2 week regular paycheck)

    1. Sid,

      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.

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      1. I’m confused the article is about extending unemployment benefits in Texas but there hasn’t been any approved Emergency extensions since 2013. Can you clarify this.

        1. Glo,

          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’m attemptiing to file my first weekly claim since my layoff, however, my PIN# is not correct. what do I do to get my correct PIN# , please?

  3. I have exhausted my unemployment benefits in Texas but my calendar year does not end until September. Do I have to wait until the calendar year is over in Texas, to apply for unemployment benefits in New York in which I have available quarters?

    1. Mattie,

      As much as I am aware, UI benefits are only a one-time cycle. Please call the Claims Center for clarification.

  4. Help ran out of unemployment benefits for the pass 8 years i have worked at Hexion speciality chemical plant in Brady Texas how can i get my benefits extended

    1. Roderick,

      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.

    1. Annette,

      You can visit the official website of the Unemployment Office and ‘login’ to check the claim status. Alternatively, you can also call the Claims Center.

      PS: It should not take 6 weeks to process the initial claim. Please chase at regular intervals.

    1. Jocelyn,

      Unemployment is offered to claimants who’re able and available for work. Please call the Unemployment Office to ascertain if you can apply.

  5. I have been working for the same company for the past 11 years. I started out cleaning apartments, then landscaping and finally Asst. Manager for the past seven years. However, the owner/ manager had us all sign papers claiming we were “Independent Contractors.” I worked Monday thru Friday from 8am – 5pm the entire 11 years. Obviously, in reality, we had Never been “Independent Contractors.”
    Finally, October 2018 we became employee’s. On May 10, 2019 he sold the business which puts us all out of work. I tried filing for unemployment, but, I don’t have enough quarters in. Assuming I’m still out of work, can I wait for the next quarter to end, thus giving me the 2 quarters I need or will it not make a difference.

    1. Lea,

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  6. I have been working as an hourly employee for the last 4 months. Currently the board of the nonprofit agency came to me and told me that I had to file a 1099 or go to part time or find a new job. I have a scheduled time that I report to work. What are the laws here in Florida about who can receive a 1099

  7. I am unemployed and currently going to a community college. How can I apply for federal assistance?

    1. Carol,

      If you’re able and available for full-time employment, you can directly go to the website of the Unemployment Office and apply.

  8. I have worked in AZ since March 2016. However, I moved lived and worked for my employer in CA since 08/02/1982. Can I apply for Cali unemployment benefits?

    1. Robert,

      You should be applying from the state where your employment was based. Employers generally remit unemployment taxes to the state where the employee is based.

      1. How long does it take Washington state unemployment to deposit your back pay after they receive the determination letter from OAH stating I won my appeal?

  9. I have been trying for over a month to file and I still do not seem to be able to do it, but I finally got to the correct place, I think.

  10. Cumberland NJ Unemployment Center kept me on hold for 2 hours; I finally had someone answer my call, after providing my information and question regarding the status of my NJ Unemployment Claim the representative disconnected my call.

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    1. How did you calculate the total weekly Illinois benefit of $1495? Also, why isn’t Washington and Minnesota listed in your top 5 states with the highest paid unemployment insurance compensation?

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