More Than 25 Million Americans Are Unemployed Or Can't Find Full Time Work

The U.S. economy added only 18,000 jobs last month, according to this morning's jobs report. This is not nearly enough to keep up with population growth, much lower than economists were expecting and way down from the pace of job growth earlier this year.

The unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent. A more inclusive measure, known as broader unemployment, rose to 16.2 percent. That's more than 25 million people:

*Have looked for  work in the past year, but not in the past four weeks

*Have looked for work in the past year, but not in the past four weeks Jess Jiang/NPR hide caption

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Of all adults 16 and over, only 58.2 percent were working in June. That figure ties the worst month of the recession:

Employment to population ratio
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Among those who are unemployed, 44 percent have been out of work for more than 6 months. That's down only slightly from recent highs. The longer people are out of work, the less likely they are to find a new job.

Duration of Unemployment
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