(CNSNews.com) -- Although the national unemployment rate in January was 4.9%, a broader measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), called U-6, which includes total unemployed, persons marginally attached to the labor force, and those working part-time for economic reasons, shows that the unemployment rate was 9.9% in January 2016.
That 9.9% unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted, was the same in December and November 2015, and up slightly from October, when it was 9.8%.
In January 2015, a year ago, the U-6 unemployment rate was 11.3%.
Prior to October 2015, the last time the U-6 unemployment rate was in the 9.8-9.9% range was in May and June 2008, seven months before Barack Obama was inaugurated president.
Source: Gallup and Bureau of Labor Statistics.
When Obama entered office in January 2009, the U-6 unemployment rate was 14.2%. It's peak was in late 2009, early 2010, when it hit 17.1% unemployment for several months.
The Gallup polling company calls the U-6 number the "Real Unemployment" rate in America. As it states, "Widely reported unemployment metrics in the U.S. do not accurately represent the reality of joblessness in America."