Unemployment Stuck At 7.6%, Underemployment Jumps To 14.3%



You’ve probably heard the great news that the US economy added 195,000 in June and that the unemployment rate is still 7.6%. You probably aren’t hearing much about the underemployment rate, which jumped to 14.3%.

So much for any doubts about a September taper: with the street expecting a 165K NFP number for June, the actual print of 195K following an upward revised May print of 195K as well, means the September flow fade is now virtually assured. The Unemployment Rate stayed at 7.6% despite expectations of a drop to 7.5%, although the real action was in the underemployment rate which exploded from 13.8% to 14.3%. (Read More)

Update: It gets worse:

In June, the household survey reported thatpart-time jobs soared by 360,000 to 28,059,000 – an all time record high. Full time jobs? Down 240,000. And looking back at the entire year, so far in 2013, just 130K Full-Time Jobs have been added, offset by a whopping 557K Part-Time jobs. And there is your jobs “quality” leading to today’s market euphoria (if only for now). (Read More)