Gallup's continuous measurement of the U.S. unemployment rate shows it at 9.7% for the 30-day average ending Jan. 8, 2011. This is only 0.6% below the rate registered on this same date a year ago and reflects how hard it is to make progress when trying to reduce the unemployment rate.
However, Gallup's underemployment -- real unemployment -- including those unemployed and those employed part-time but looking for full-time work, remains at 19.2% for the 30-days ending Jan. 8, 2011. This is down 0.4% from the same day in January 2010 and suggests nearly one in five Americans need a full-time job as 2011 begins -- just as they did a year ago.
Gallup's job data for early January 2011 suggest jobs remain the top national priority of the new year. Labels: real unemployment, underemployment, unemployment