Economic Indicators

Employment and Unemployment: National

Updated: February 9, 2016

Monthly analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ national employment report.

A majority of low-wage workers earn so little they must rely on public assistance to make ends meet | 10:26 am, February 9, 2016
There are 41.2 million working Americans (nearly 30 percent of the workforce) who receive public assistance—and nearly half of these workers (19.3 million) have full-time jobs. Not surprisingly, these workers are concentrated in jobs paying low hourly wages.

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