Labor Force Stays at 36-Year Low, Women Hard Hit


The percentage of American civilians 16 or older who have a job or who are actively seeking one dropped to a 36-year low in May, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In May, the labor force participation rate remained at 62.8 percent, unchanged from the 62.8 percent it was in April; and that was the lowest it has been since February 1978, when Jimmy Carter was president.

— See more: number of women 16 and older who were unemployed in the United States climbed by 60,000 in May, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

In May, there were 4,519,000 unemployed women, 60,000 more than the 4,459,000 American women who were unemployed in April, according to BLS.

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