True
Rate of Unemployment
Out of the Population*

52.0%

April 2022

* As defined by the Ludwig Institute for Shared Economic Prosperity (LISEP)
Headline
Rate of Unemployment
Out of the Population*

40.0%

April 2022

* As defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Is the “True Rate of Unemployment Out of the Population”?

The True Rate of Unemployment Out of the Population, as defined by the Ludwig Institute of Shared Economic Prosperity (LISEP), measures the percentage of the whole U.S. population that is functionally unemployed.

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 $20,000 annually before taxes.

For a more in-depth explanation of the True Rate of Unemployment Out of the Population, please reference this white paper.

OVERVIEW

True Rate of Unemployment Out of the Population

1995-2022

Select any point on the chart to see the True Rate of Unemployment Out of the Population for that month.

2000
2005
2010
2015
2020
1995
By RACE

True Rate of Unemployment Out of the Population by Race

Select any point on the chart to see the True Rate of Unemployment Out of the Population for that month.

54.2%
Black
April 2022
50.4%
Hispanic
April 2022
52.4%
White
April 2022
2000
2005
2010
2015
2020
1995
By SEX

True Rate of Unemployment Out of the Population by Sex

Select any point on the chart to see the True Rate of Unemployment Out of the Population for that month.

59.2%
Female
April 2022
44.3%
Male
April 2022
2000
2005
2010
2015
2020
1995
By EDUCATION

True Rate of Unemployment Out of the Population by Education

Select any point on the chart to see the True Rate of Unemployment Out of the Population for that month.

80.2%
No High School
April 2022
55.9%
High School Diploma
April 2022
54.4%
Some College
April 2022
38.4%
Bachelors Degree
April 2022
34.9%
Advanced Degree
April 2022
2000
2005
2010
2015
2020
1995

True Rate of Unemployment by State

August 2020

Select any state or percentage to see the most recent True Rate of Unemployment.