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True Rate of Unemployment

Out of the Population

The percentage of the whole U.S. population that is functionally unemployed.

True
Rate of Unemployment
Out of the Population
51.9
%
January 2024
Headline
Rate of Unemployment
Out of the Population
39.8
%
January 2024
vs.
Using data compiled by the federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the True Rate of Unemployment Out of the Population tracks the percentage of the U.S. population (age 16 and older) that does not have a full-time job (35+ hours a week), or has a part-time job but wants more hours, and does not earn a living wage, which is conservatively pegged at $25,000 annually before taxes.
True
Rate of Unemployment
The True Rate of Unemployment (TRU) Out of the Population, as defined by LISEP, measures the percentage of the whole U.S. population that is functionally unemployed.
True Rate of Unemployment Out of the Population
vs. Headline Rate of Unemployment
51.9
%
True Rate
39.8
%
Headline Rate
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True Rate of Unemployment Out of the Population
By Race
53.0%
Black
52.4%
Hispanic
52.0%
White
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True Rate of Unemployment Out of the Population
By Sex
58.6%
Female
44.9%
Male
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True Rate of Unemployment Out of the Population
By Education
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79.2%
No High School
57.5%
High School Diploma
54.0%
Some College
37.7%
Bachelors Degree
35.3%
Advanced Degree
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