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  •  err, slight correction (1+ / 0-)
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    Specifically, to be counted as "marginally attached," individuals must indicate that they currently want a job, have looked for work in the last 12 months (or since they last worked if they worked within the last 12 months), and are available for work. "Discouraged workers" are a subset of the marginally attached. "Discouraged workers" report they are not currently looking for work for at least one of 4 reasons: 1) they believe no job is available to them in their line of work or area, 2) they had previously been unable to find work, 3) they lack the necessary schooling, training, skills or experience, or 4) employers think they are too young or too old, or they face some other type of discrimination.

    From: BLS.gov

    "Marginally attached" workers only kind of count. It's weird.

    I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by sabishi on Wed Feb 07, 2007 at 11:36:31 AM PST

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    •  My husband is not unemployed (1+ / 0-)
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      even though he has been out of work for more than a year. You see, he has been in the hospital for most of it and recovering at home for the rest, so he is not "available for work" and hence not "unemployed".

      You might want to look at the figures for employment rate. According to Wikipedia, OECD figuresshow the U.S. to have the 10th highest employment rate. According to BLS in January 2007 it is 63.3 down from 64.3 in 2000.

      Happy the man and happy he alone--he who can call today his own ... John Dryden

      by ohiolibrarian on Wed Feb 07, 2007 at 02:49:00 PM PST

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      •  I understand (1+ / 0-)
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        and sympathize. I was in the "discouraged" group until yesterday, when after 6 months I finally found a job in my new city. It irks me that I was considered "marginally attached" to the workforce. I wanted to work dammit. There just wasn't work.

        Unquestionably, the US counts unemployment in really weird ways. Probably it's done to make our unemployment rate sound better than it is. All I was trying to correct originally was the statement that people who are "discouraged" aren't counted. They are. Just weirdly.

        Counting people who are not working for medical reasons as employed is probably a bit disingenuous of them. At the least it shows that a single number for unemployment is not really adequate.

        I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different. -- Kurt Vonnegut

        by sabishi on Wed Feb 07, 2007 at 03:05:47 PM PST

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