U.S. underemployment rate from March 2016 to March 2017 (by month)

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Underemployment rate
Mar '1614.4%
Apr '1613.8%
May '1613.7%
Jun '1613.6%
Jul '1612.7%
Aug '1613.2%
Sep '1612.9%
Oct '1612.7%
Nov '1613.2%
Dec '1613.7%
Jan '1714.1%
Feb '1713.9%
Mar '1713.5%
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About This Statistic

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 March 2017, the U.S. underemployment rate was at 13.5 percent.

Underemployment in the United States

As shown in the statistic, the underemployment rate in the United States was significantly decreasing since the year 2016.

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 2014, shows that 9 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.
Nevada leads the above mentioned ranking of the U.S. underemployment rate by state. About 20.7 percent of the population living in Nevada were registered as unemployed or had a part job and willing to be employed full time in 2014.

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 2014 were anesthesiologists, surgeons, and people who worked as oral and maxillofacial surgeons. The median annual pay of people who worked in the above mentioned occupations was equal or greater than 246,320 U.S. dollars.

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