Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

3/8/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Underemployment is 19.1 percent, up from 18.7 percent in January

As measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, U.S. unemployment increased to 9.1 percent in February from 8.6 percent in January and 8.5 percent in December. The 0.5-percentage-point increase in February compared with January was the largest such month-to-month change Gallup has recorded in its not-seasonally adjusted measure since December 2010, when the rate rose 0.8 points to 9.6 percent from 8.8 percent in November.

The increase in unemployment as measured by Gallup may, at least partly, reflect growth in the workforce, as more Americans who had given up looking for work become slightly more optimistic and start looking for work again.

The increase in unemployment as measured by Gallup may, at least partly, reflect growth in the workforce, as more Americans who had given up looking for work become slightly more optimistic and start looking for work again.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/8/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Business & Economics

Keywords: Unemployment, February, Gallup Poll


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Gallup recorded a February increase of 0.4 percentage points last year, to 10.3 percent from 9.9 percent in January 2011.

In addition to the 9.1 percent of U.S. workers who are unemployed, 10.0 percent are working part-time but desire full-time work. These figures are similar to the 10.1 percent in January, higher than the 9.6 percent of February 2011.

Gallup's U.S. underemployment measure, which combines the percentage of workers who are unemployed and the percentage working part time but wanting full-time work, increased to 19.1 percent in February from 18.7 percent in January. This is an improvement from the 19.9 percent of February 2011.

The recent unemployment rate that the U.S. government will report at the end of this week will be based largely on mid-month conditions. In the middle of February, Gallup reported that its U.S. unemployment rate had increased to 9.0 percent from 8.3 percent in mid-January. Readings conducted in the middle of the month normally provides a relatively good estimate of the government's unadjusted unemployment rate for the month.

Assuming the government's unadjusted rate increases, from its 8.8 percent in January, to at least match Gallup's mid-month measurement for February, then the government should also report an increase in the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February. If the government's unadjusted unemployment rate increases to the degree that Gallup's has from mid-month to mid-month, then the government's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate could show an even larger increase.

Last February, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics applied a seasonal adjustment factor of 0.5 points to its unadjusted unemployment rate for the month. If that same seasonal adjustment is applied to Gallup's mid-month unemployment rate of 9.0 percent, it would produce a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 8.5 percent. If this is applied to Gallup's full-month unemployment rate of 9.1 percent, it would produce a seasonally adjusted rate of 8.6 percent. Gallup therefore forecasts an increase in the unemployment rate.

The consensus forecast is for no change in the government's unemployment rate. February jobless claims were running at roughly 350,000 during the month, implying a relatively stable unemployment rate. This week's ADP report suggested that private-sector jobs increased by more than 200,000 in February is also somewhat supportive of a stable unemployment rate forecast.

Regardless of what the government reports, Gallup's unemployment and underemployment measures show a substantial deterioration since mid-January. In this context, the increase in unemployment as measured by Gallup may, at least partly, reflect growth in the workforce, as more Americans who had given up looking for work become slightly more optimistic and start looking for work again.

While thee may be viewed as positive developments, the reality Gallup finds is that more Americans are looking for work now than were doing so just six weeks ago.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for September 2014
Mentally disabled:
That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life.
Service to the poor: That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering.



Comments


More Business & Economics

400 wealthiest Americans now worth cumulative $2.3 TRILLION Watch

Image of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has finally cracked America's most wealthy top ten at tenth place.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The rich, indeed get richer -- America's wealthiest are worth more than ever before. The United States' top 400 billionaires are now worth a dazzling $2.3 trillion, according to the latest edition of the Forbes 400. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - It comes ... continue reading


Record debt coupled with slow growth point to economic crisis, Geneva Report says Watch

Image of The Geneva Report says the rapid rise of public sector debt in rich countries and private debt in emerging markets, especially China, may lead to0 fresh economic crisis.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Record debt and slowing economic growth suggest the global economy could be heading for another crisis, the 16th annual Geneva Report warns. Commissioned by the International Center for Monetary and Banking Studies, the report predicts interest rates across the ... continue reading


Walmart to enter banking world with low-cost checking accounts Watch

Image of Walmart has been eying financial services for some time now.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Walmart is making its biggest venture into the banking world after several failed attempts in the past. The nation's largest retailer is joining Green Dot, already known for its prepaid payment cards, to supply checking accounts to nearly everyone over 18 years ... continue reading


The Chinese are coming! E-commerce giant Alibaba cleans house with its initial public offering Watch

Image of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has raised more than $21 billion with its IPO, with stocks priced at $68 per share, signaling a strong demand for the tech-giant.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has made the largest U.S.-listed initial public offering (IPO) of all time, with stocks priced at $68 per share, signaling a strong demand. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Only large investors, like hedge funds, can ... continue reading


Bottom of the Barrel - Thanks to business tax, the U.S. is Number 32 in the world Watch

Image of A competitive tax code is one that limits the taxation of businesses and investment. Since capital is mobile and businesses can choose where to invest, tax rates that are too high

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new international ranking shows that the U.S. tax burden on business is close to the worst in the industrialized world. So says the Wall Street Journal, the nation's leading journal on business. The White House and Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) will attempt ... continue reading


Unemployment rate for black Americans at 11.4 percent, more than double the rate for whites Watch

Image of There remains a wide disparity in employment in the United States, in spite of efforts to close this broadening gap.

By Catholic Online - (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

There remains a wide disparity in employment in the United States, in spite of efforts to close this broadening gap. Figures show that while unemployment nationwide is 6.1 percent, the unemployment rate for black Americans at 11.4 percent. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


A record 92,269,000 Americans jobless for month of August Watch

Image of So - there you have it: Things are STILL tough all over.

By Catholic Online - (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It never went away, come rain or come shine form the past hot summer months . Many Americans remain idle and without work. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a record 92,269,000 Americans 16 years of age and older didn't participate in the labor force ... continue reading


We owe HOW MUCH? New report reveals U.S. government owes $6 trillion to foreign entities Watch

Image of Foreign interests, including nations and businesses, own more than $6 trillion of U.S. government debt.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Foreign interests now own more than $6 trillion in U.S. government debt, a recent Treasury Department report on major foreign debt holders revealed. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - As of the end of June 2014, foreign-held debt totaled $6,013,200,000,000 in U.S. ... continue reading


Are you ready? Economic analysts predict bear market by end of 2014 Watch

Image of Economic analysts are predicting a significant drop in the market, which may be as high as 60%.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Two financial experts announced on August 27 that markets may face a fall of up to 60% by the end of 2014. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - David Tice, the president of Tice Capital and founder of the Prudent Bear Fund, reported that a jolt to international ... continue reading


Oh really Obama? President claims economic success while population dependent on food stamps hit all time high Watch

Image of The number of Americans on food stamps has not decreased since 2011, despite claims from President Obama that the U.S. economy has recovered under his policies.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Democrats are facing a tough midterm election, and with less than three months to go the party is scrambling to prop up the image of the U.S. economy in the minds of disgruntled voters. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Yet one of the quickest shorthand ... continue reading


All Business & Economics News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Job 9:1-12, 14-16
1 Job spoke next. He said:2 Indeed, I know ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 88:10-11, 12-13, 14-15
10 Do you work wonders for the dead, can shadows rise ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 9:57-62
57 As they travelled along they met a man on the road ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 1st, 2014 Image

St. Therese of Lisieux
October 1: Generations of Catholics have admired this young saint, called ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter