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How many people are unemployed but not counted?

Question by Sammy: How many people are unemployed but not counted?
How many people are unemployed but do not fit the standards the government statistics base their numbers on. I know many people who are unemployed, but aren’t counted because they don’t qualify for unemployment insurance. Are you? Note: When I say unemployed, I mean actively searching for a job.
The government percentages are based on people with unemployment claims. There are many people looking for jobs that don’t qualify. We shouldn’t count them out.

Best answer:

Answer by charoo
I don’t know the number, but its anybody who isn’t looking for a job: discouraged workers, children, stay at home parents, etc.

The work force is those who have jobs, or don’t and are looking (or have been in the last month, I think it is).

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2 Responses to “How many people are unemployed but not counted?”

  • Anjaree:

    They are exactly the unemployed persons who stop looking for jobs for good. The government reported that it knows the exact number,but I don’t believe it.In my neighborhood, there are one or two. But until now (2 years are gone) no one ask them if they are still looking for jobs if they don’t claim for unemployment benefits.

  • Spotty J:

    The government’s count of the “unemployed” and the stated unemployment rate HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. Please get that through your head people. It is not true, why do people keep arguing it is?

    Unemployment insurance is a state-government function. Each state has its own criteria and process for qualifying for UI pay. THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S UNEMPLOYMENT REPORTS.

    A fed agency called the Bureau of Labor Statistics produces the monthly unemployment report by conducting a massive, monthly phone survey of 60,000 households. You are “unemployed” if 1) you are looking for work 2) but you don’t have a job. Period. WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE GETTING STATE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE IS NOT A FACTOR AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.

    Am I clear enough? Can I be any clearer?

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