Unemployment Figures Way Off When Considering The Underemployed

, Posted: Wed, April 3 2013 at 6:46 PM, Updated: Wed, April 3 2013 at 6:58 PM

New numbers just released show Oregon's unemployment problem could be worse than the numbers state.

Oregon's unemployment rate in 2012 was 8.1%, but when it comes to the unemployment figures you have to dig beneath the surface to get a true picture of the problem.

173,300 Oregonians were unemployed in 2012.  There were almost as many, 167,800  people,  who were either under-employed or unemployed in but not included in the unemployment statistics.

Under-employed means a person wants or needs to work full-time, but can only find part-time work.

Anyone who is unemployed who goes beyond four weeks without actively seeking a job is not counted as unemployed by the government..

It's estimated that in 2012 there were about 4500 Oregonians who gave up looking for a job altogether.  In 2011 that number was double at over 9000.

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