Total nonfarm payroll employment declined by 131,000 in July, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.5 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Federal government employment fell, as 143,000 temporary workers hired for the decennial census completed their work. And private-sector payroll employment edged up by 71,000.
All told, 14.6 Americans are out of work. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) was little changed at 6.6 million, representing 44.9 percent of unemployed persons. The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) was essentially unchanged over the month at 8.5 million, but has declined by 623,000 since April.