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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment situation summary released February 2nd, 2018, unemployment was unchanged at 4.1 percent in January, for the 4th consecutive month, and the number of unemployed little changed at 6.7 million. Employment ticked up in construction, food services and drinking places, health care, and manufacturing.
In January, the marginally attached to the workforce—unemployed, available for work, and have looked for a job in the last 12 months—was little changed at 1.7 million. There were 451,000 discouraged workers, virtually unchanged from the same time last year. (These individuals are not counted in the unemployed because they had not looked for a job in the last four weeks.)
The number of long-term unemployed (those who have been jobless for 27 weeks or more) was essentially unchanged at 1.4 million in January. These individuals accounted for 21.5 percent of the unemployed.
Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for the complete summary.