Employment state of affairs in a Nutshell- November 2013

On December 6, 2013, the bureau of labor statistics (department of Labor), released their monthly publication on employment situation. The news release carries all-inclusive scrutiny of various employment statistics collated for November.

We have broken it down for you to understand how this will impact you as an individual.

The overall unemployment rate fell from 7.3 (October 2013) to 7.0 percent in November. Employment surged in transportation & warehousing, healthcare and manufacturing bringing much relief to a large class of unemployed populace. The no. of unemployed persons across the country stood at 10.9 million at the end of November.

The temporary layoffs decreased by a massive 377,000 in the month. This mostly reflects the return to work of federal employees who were furloughed in October due to the partial government shutdown.

Sentiment of Part time Employment

 The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) fell by 331,000 to 7.7 million in November. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full time job. This is uplifting as most of the part time workers are actively seeking full time jobs. This website receives significant numbers of questions in the Q & A section on UI claims from part time workers.

Tour across Industries & Establishments

  • Employment in transportation and warehousing rose by 31,000 in November

  • Health care employment continued to increase over the month (+28,000)

  • In November, manufacturing added 27,000 jobs

  • Employment in professional and business services continued to trend up  (+35,000)

  • Retail trade employment also continued to expand in November (+22,000)

  • Within leisure and hospitality, employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in November (+18,000)

  • Employment in construction continued to trend up in November (+17,000)

  • Federal government employment continued to decline (-7,000) in November

General Gush

The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls edged up by 0.1 hour to 34.5 hours.

The average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 4 cents to $24.15.

Unemployment Status of Metropolitan Areas (October 2013)

Unemployment rates were lower in October this year compared to an year earlier in 280 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 79 areas, and unchanged in 13 areas. Twenty-three areas had unemployment rates of at least 10.0 percent, and 57 areas had rates of less than 5.0 percent.

Yuma, Arizona at 31.9 and El Centro, California-25.2 clocked the highest unemployment rates in November. Bismarck, N.D., had the lowest rate, 1.7 percent. The national average during this month was 7 percent.

Of the 49 metropolitan areas with a Census 2000 population of 1 million or more, Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California had the highest unemployment rate in October, 9.8 percent. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota -Wisconsin had the lowest rate among the large areas, 4.1 percent.

Wrapping up, there is a strong sentiment of better days in near future across establishments and industry. Most importantly, these numbers will have a demeanour on you. We hope the data and facts presented above were effortless for you to comprehend.

Use our Q & A section if you have any questions on unemployment.


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Excellent list of things to help execute better. Even taking 3 or 4 of these that one does not currently utilize could help immensely.

    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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