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Job Prospects Are Historically Positive

A total of 166.4 million persons worked at some point during 2018, the U.S. Bureau…

  • December 27, 2019

A total of 166.4 million persons worked at some point during 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. The proportion of the civilian noninstitutional population age 16 and over who worked at some time during 2018 was 64.4 percent, little changed from 2017.

The number of persons who experienced some unemployment during 2018 declined by 1.3 million to 13.2 million.

The proportion of workers who worked full time, year-round in 2018 was 70.4 percent, up 0.9 percentage point from the prior year.

Fewer Americans “Striking Out” When Looking for Work

The “work-experience unemployment rate”–defined as the number of persons unemployed at some time during the year as a proportion of the number of persons who worked or looked for work during the year–declined by 0.8 percentage point to 7.8 percent in 2018.

This is the lowest rate in this series, which began in 1958.

About 2.2 million individuals looked for a job but did not work at all in 2018, compared with 2.4 million in 2017.

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