Today the unemployment numbers were released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Although the unemployment rate stands at 10%, there are more people available to work today than when Obama left office in January 2017.
As reported earlier, the jobs numbers came out this morning with the US adding nearly 2 million jobs during the month of July and the unemployment rate decreased to 10%. However, hidden in these numbers from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics is a report showing the number of Americans available in the country today. There are now more than 159.8 million people working in America.
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What is unusual about this is that there are today more people available to work than at the end of Obama’s second term. In December 2016 there were 159.7 million people available to work in America. Today there are more than 159.8 million Americans in the workforce.
What was hidden in today’s numbers is that the number of individuals available to work in the US today is more than the number of Americans available at the end of Obama’s eight years in office. Therefore there are more jobs needing to be filled today that four years ago.
Editor’s note: This post was updated to reflect additional employment data.