Capitol Hill (CNN) – How does the jobs picture look for the U.S.? Friday's government report shows slight improvement for Americans who have jobs now, but that things have gotten worse for those who are looking for work. And a lot worse for female veterans. Read our one-page American Sauce cheat sheet on where the country stands with jobs.
*all information from the Labor Department
– Read the report here.
-Jobs: The U.S. added 117,000 jobs in July. That's more than expected, but not enough jobs to keep up with population growth.
-Rate: Unemployment is now at 9.1%, a drop from 9.2% in June.
-Number of Unemployed: Stands at 13.9 million officially. Some argue this undercounts those who have stopped looking for work.
-Avg. Length of Unemployment: Grew to 40.4 weeks in July. That is a record since Labor started tracking this information in the mid-20th century. It had been 39.9 weeks in June.
– Health Care: Added 31,000 jobs.
– Retail: Added 26,000 jobs.
– Manufacturing: Added 24,000 jobs. Nearly all of that in durable, or long-term, goods.
– Female Veterans: The unemployment rate for female veterans has soared in the last year, from 5.8% in July 2010 to 10.3% in July 2011.
– Iraq/Afghanistan Vets: Recent war vets saw unemployment drop in July, to 12.4% from 13.3%, but their jobless rate remains well above average.
– Long-term Unemployed: The average length of unemployment increased to a record 40.4 weeks. So it is taking about ten months on average to find a job. The number of people considered "long-term unemployed", meaning out of work 27 weeks or longer, has not changed much. It dipped slightly in July, from 6.29 million to 6.18 million.
– Government Workers: Federal, state and local governments lost 37,000 jobs in July. But that includes 23,000 jobs frozen in the Minnesota government's partial shutdown.
– Payrolls: Hourly wages increased by 10 cents on average in July, to $23.12 per hour.
– Workweek: The average time worked stayed the same, at 34.3 hours a week.
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