Gallup says 18% of Americans unemployed or underemployed

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A Gallup poll says that 18.4 percent of U.S. workers say they are either unemployed or underemployed.

The survey of 81.6 percent have jobs, but the unemployed/underemployed number has been between the high-teens and 20 percent throughout the year. Gallup surveys 19,800 American workers each month.
“Underemployed” is defined as working part-time while wanting to work full-time.

The unemployment rate stands at 9.5 percent, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Colorado’s unemployment rate was 8 percent in April, May and June, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

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2 Responses to Gallup says 18% of Americans unemployed or underemployed

  1. I just wonder who is really counting heads here.

    In my age group I would suggest that there is in actuality some 25 to 30% underemployed or unemployed.

    I am a baby boomer. Please comment and suggest a good resource to verify or debunk my comment.

    Bruce Hutcheon
    August 17, 2010 at 12:05 pm

  2. Bruce ……… you are SO RIGHT!

    Thank you EDC & the Chamber for all of those WONDERFUL Call Center jobs! What will be your next major accomplishment? Perhaps you’ll wise up to the fact that “Pay to Learn” Colleges – re: Everest – are currently under Federal scrunity! Keep touting that triumph while PUBLIC taxpayer supported higher education struggles! Nothing like having ex-military run things here! They do such a wonderful job …. what do they care … they already are getting a pension & why not “double dip!”

    August 18, 2010 at 5:51 am