56,085,000 Women Not in Labor Force; Participation Rate Declines to 56.7%

By Ali Meyer | July 2, 2015 | 9:17 AM EDT

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 56,085,000 women did not have a job or actively seek one in the past four weeks. I(AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - There were 56,085,000 women 16 or older who did not participate in the nation’s labor force in June, as the labor force participation rate dropped to 56.7 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means that 56,085,000 women did not have a job or actively seek one in the past four weeks.

The civilian labor force, which consists of all people in the civilian noninstitutional population who either had a job during the month or actively sought a job declined in June to 73,547,000 from the 73,577,000 in the labor force in May.

The participation rate, which measures the percentage of the civilian noninstitutional population who has a job or sought one in the past four weeks dipped to 56.7 percent in June from the 56.8 percent it was in May.

Of the 73,547,000 who did participate in the labor force, 69,719,000 had a job, and 3,838,000 did not have a job were actively seeking one—making them the nation’s unemployed.

The 3,828,000 job seekers were 5.2 percent of the 73,547,000 actively participating in the labor force during the month. Thus, the unemployment rate was 5.2 percent which dropped from the 5.4 percent unemployment seen in May.

The number of employed women increased over the month from 69,594,000 in May to 69,719,000 in June. The number of unemployed women dropped from 3,983,000 in May to 3,828,000 in June, a decline of 155,000.

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