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Who's in labor force and who isn't, at a glance

Nov. 2010 April 2011 Number of people employed 138.909 million 139.674 million Number of people unemployed 15.041 million 13.747 million Labor force (sum of employed and unemployed) 153.95 million 153.421 million Civilian population, 16 and older, not in institutions 238.715 million 239.146 million Labor force participation rate 64.5 percent 64.2 percent How the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics defines:

How the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics defines:

— Labor force: civilians 16 and older, excluding those confined to institutions such as prisons or nursing homes, who are working or looking for work.

— Labor force participation rate: The percentage of the civilian, non-institutionalized population working or looking for work.

— Unemployed: Out of work but actively looking for a job.

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