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Women held just over half of all jobs on payrolls—those working full- or part-time for companies and other establishments—in December 2019, outnumbering men for the first time since 2010, according to monthly data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Jobs & Unemployment

What is the unemployment rate?

Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the jobs report. All eyes are on the unemployment rate, but how do we arrive at this number? USAFacts explains the national unemployment rate.

Jobs & Unemployment

What is the gig economy?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 1.6 million gig economy workers in the US, working for services like Uber and TaskRabbit. These workers account for 1% of the US workforce.

The instances of strikes and lockouts, two types of work stoppages, have dwindled considerably since 1981, when 145 work stoppages involving more than 1,000 workers each occurred. In 2018, there were 20 similar work stoppages.