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U.S. underemployment rate from August 2013 to August 2014 (by month)

 Underemployment rate
Aug '13 17.4%
Sep '13 17.1%
Oct '13 16.5%
Nov '13 17.3%
Dec '13 17.2%
Jan '14 18.6%
Feb '14 17.5%
Mar '14 16.9%
Apr '14 16.6%
May '14 16.4%
Jun '14 15.8%
Jul '14 15.1%
Aug '14 15.1%
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This statistic shows the U.S. underemployment rate, determined by Gallup, on a monthly basis for the ongoing year. The survey is conducted doing daily telephone interviews among about 30,000 adults per month in the U.S. The graph shows the 30-day average for each month to depict an annual trend. The rate is created by adding unemployed workers, who are looking for work, to the amount of workers employed part time but seeking full-time work. In August 2014, the rate was at 15.1 percent.


Underemployment in the United States

As shown in the statistic above, which was conducted by Gallu, the underemployment rate in the United States was significantly decreasing through the year 2014.

The underemployment rate in the Unites States varies from state to state, Gallup’s survey among American adults aged 18 years and older in year 2012, shows that 10.1 percent of the population living in North Dakota were registered as unemployed or had a part time job (fewer than 30 hours a week) and wished to be employed full time. Gallup classifies respondents as underemployed, if they are either unemployed or are employed part time and wish to be full-time employed.
California leads the above mentioned ranking of the U.S. underemployment rate by state. About 22 percent of the population living in California were registered as unemployed or had a part job and willing to be employed full time.

Underemployed persons are often those who have high skills, but work in low paying jobs. Employees who work in fast food restaurants in the United States had the lowest paid job in 2013, with an hourly wage of 9.09 U.S. dollars.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the highest paid occupations in the United States in 2012 were physicians and surgeons, obstetricians and gynecologist, internists in general, anesthesiologists, orthodontists and people who worked as oral and maxillofacial surgeons. The median annual pay of people who worked in the occupations, which are mentioned above, was equal or greater than 187,200 U.S. dollars.

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