The latest Measures of Labor Underutilization news release for Washington is now available from BLS online at http://www.bls.gov/ro9/altwa.pdf.
Items of note include:
- In 2013, the broadest measure of labor underutilization, designated U-6 (includes the unemployed, workers employed part-time for economic reasons, and the marginally attached to the labor force), was 14.0 percent in Washington, compared to the U.S. average of 13.8 percent.
- Washington had 240,700 unemployed residents in 2013, and another 200,000 were employed part time for economic reasons (also known as involuntary part time).
- 49,900 Washingtonians were marginally attached to the labor force in 2013. (Marginally attached individuals would like a job and have looked for work during the past 12 months, but had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey and are therefore not counted as unemployed in the official unemployment rate.)
- 11,700 discouraged workers (a subset of the marginally attached) did not look for work during the 4 weeks preceding the survey because they believed no jobs were available for them.
- From 2012 to 2013, all six rates of labor underutilization improved in Washington.