6.3% ?? Where, how do they get this number? A few days ago right here on Freep I was reading how there is 93 million unemployed. The entire population is 320 million, do the math.
You've got to be actively looking for work to be considered "unemployed".
So if you are too discouraged to look for work because you've found absolutely nothing, you are not unemployed. Your classification is "out of the labor force".
If you decided not to look for work at all, but instead have decided to sit home and watch TV, you are not unemployed. You are out of the labor force.
And if you are actively looking for work, but your definition of "active' does not match the government's definition of "active", you are not unemployed. You are out of the labor force.
And here's another interesting thing. If your work was very temporary and part-time during the month in question, you are counted as employed! You are living the American dream!
I don’t get it either. How can the govt say that unemployment is down, but keep extending unemployment benefits. Total contradiction within the same sentence, yet nobody ever challenges them on it. The perfect catch 22 if I ever saw one.
I get how it is calculated, but challenging it:
take out all the younger than 18 and the over 65 crowd. Then take out all the folks who have given up. The other contradictory statement is that you have to show that you are trying to get a job to continue to receive benefits.