Here is the May 2012 employment situation report from the BLS: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf
- The unemployment rate increased to 8.2%. Non-farm employers added only 69,000 new jobs. 77,000 jobs were added in April. Employment gains averaged 226,000 from January through March.
- The number of unemployed persons increased from 12.5 million to 12.7 million.
- The civilian labor force participation rate increased to 63.8% from 63.6% in May as 461,000 people returned to the workforce. This is an improvement from the 551,000 discouraged workers that left the workforce in April.
- The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 14.8% if you include those who were looking for work but dropped out and are no longer counted in the labor force.
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