March Unemployment Update

BLS vs GallupThe U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its monthly report on Friday April 4th for the month of March. In it the adjusted U-3 unemployment rate and the unadjusted U-3 were very similar at 6.7% and 6.8% respectively. In an effort to provide unbiased data, Gallup poll’s conduct a similar survey also on a monthly basis, but the Gallup numbers don’t always agree with the government numbers.   See our BLS vs Gallup comparison chart to see how well the two rates compare. See BLS vs Gallup unemployment comparison.

Adjusted Unadjusted
BLS 6.7%   6.8%
Gallup 7.4%   7.5%
Difference 0.7%   0.7%

Current U.S. Unemployment Rate

Unemployment RateAccording to the commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics,  [Continue reading]

Is the Government Fudging Unemployment Numbers?

What is the True Unemployment Rate?

There has been a lot of talk about the validity of the government generated unemployment numbers created by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) lately. (And not just by me!)  Every month I tell you that we look at the Employment numbers rather than the Unemployment Rate because they are much more accurate. We’ve looked at Employment vs. Unemployment and we’ve looked at U-6 (total labor force including those who’ve given up looking) vs. U-3 (those who are still actively looking).  The U-3 unemployment rate is the commonly quoted one. But the one problem is that all that data comes from the government. If they are fudging the numbers how would we know? Unless as we’ve noted before there are inconsistencies between the Unemployment and Employment Charts. But finally  [Continue reading]

Life in the Shell: Five of the Best Jobs for Introverts

Jobs for Introverts

If you're an introvert, and are planning to go to college, degree programs like communications and education may terrify you. Many programs tend to suit extroverts better than introverts, but there are still many degrees that you might love. For some … [Continue reading]

February’s US Unemployment Statistics [Infographic]

February 2014 US Unemployment statistics

For those of you who are more visual thinkers and like to see pictures rather than read a bunch of numbers, here's an infographic we've created to illustrate the important statistics for February 2014 from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. If … [Continue reading]

BLS Releases February Unemployment Numbers

Bureau of Labor Statistics Unemployment Data: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Unemployment numbers today.  According to the government agency the current "Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment rate is 6.7% up slightly from … [Continue reading]

January 2014 US Unemployment Rate: 7.0% BLS or 8.6% Gallup

See Current Unemployment Rate for latest information. Gap Between BLS and Gallup Data Growing The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the data for January. According to the BLS, the current "Seasonally Adjusted" Unemployment Rate for … [Continue reading]

Is a Career as a Welder for You?


Critical Skills Beginning Welders Need to Master The welding trades provide opportunities for more than 350,000 individuals in the United States alone. As of 2012, there were 357,400 welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers in the United States, … [Continue reading]

5 More Dangerous Jobs

Dangerous Work Five Jobs With the Most Risk

Recently we posted Demanding Jobs: Rigorous Physical Careers and so this month we are going to follow up with 5 more dangerous jobs. ~Tim McMahon, editor Dangerous Work: Five Jobs With the Most Risk Workplace safety is often taken for granted, … [Continue reading]

Tips for Selecting the Right Technical Training Program


With the abundance of college graduates with degrees in "soft" subjects like Psychology, Drama, Anthropology, Liberal Arts, English and History  unable to find jobs when they graduate you might think that a more job specific major like Business, … [Continue reading]

Unemployment and Your Credit

Credit Health

The day you're laid off can be one of the worst days of your life. If you are unemployed, you know how challenging the job market is and how hard it is to find a new job. One thing you may be worried about is your credit, and whether your credit will … [Continue reading]