US U6 Unemployment Rate provides an alternative US unemployment calculation method and is often considered the most revealing unemployment indicator. It also shows a percentage of unemployed residents in relation to the total civilian labor force. However, unlike the key unemployment rate indicator U3, U6 takes into accounts individuals who have been actively seeking employment in the last four weeks, as well as the following categories of unemployed residents, which are considered 'marginally attached'.
Many economists believe U6 better reveals the nation's unemployment situation, since it takes into people not included in the U3 indicator but indirectly related to the labor market.
Unemployment statistics data is collected by interviewing approximately 110,000 people (60,000 households) across the nation. Individuals under 16, those serving in the armed forces, persons in correctional facilities and psychiatric hospitals are excluded from the survey.
The unemployment rate is one of the key indicators of the country's economic development. It is not a predictive indicator. Its growth or decline is a result of changes in the economic situation.
Decrease of unemployment is seen as positive for dollar quotes.
The chart of the entire available history of the "United States U6 Unemployment Rate" macroeconomic indicator. The dashed line shows the forecast values of the economic indicator for the specified dates.
A significant deviation of a real value from a forecast one may cause a short-term strengthening or weakening of a national currency in the Forex market. The threshold values of the indicators signaling the approach of the critical state of the national (local) economy occupy a special place.
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