New unemployment numbers for U.S. workers released last Friday shows the unemployment rate still hovering at 8.9 percent. According to the the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the unemployment rate was influenced by job gains in the areas of manufacturing, construction, professional and
business services, health care, and transportation and warehousing.
The overall increase in non-farm worker related jobs was 192,000.
The overall trend in the unemployment rate during the last year shows a steady decrease, however. According to BLS statistics, in February 2010, the unemployment rate was 10.4 percent. It has not gone over 10 percent in the year since.
Job loss and people who were out of work because they finished temporary jobs has also steadily decreased in the past year. Employees who left jobs slightly increased.
The BLS also reported that in February, employment in both state and local government went down slightly. Since its peak in September 2008, local government has lost 377,000 jobs.