The latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics are out. The U.S. unemployment rate (the percentage of the labor force that wants a job but does not have it) in August rose to 13.3%.
Labor force: 154,577,000. Unemployed: 20,537,000.
You can make the number look a little better by not counting the people who can no longer collect unemployment — then it’s only 9.7%. But we prefer realism. More than one out of eight Americans is out of a job.
On the bright side, the latest numbers from the Virginia Employment Commission, released September 1, show that Virginia’s unemployment rate is about half the national average: 6.9% in July from a 7.3% mark in June.