US Unemployment Rates And Labor Force By County

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This dataset contains labor force data not seasonally adjusted at county and statistically equivalent areas level. The indicators related to labor force are the total number of civilian labor force, the number of employed, the number of unemployed and unemployment rate and the data available for these indicators is covering a period of 19 months, from November 2016 to April 2018.


The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program is a federal-state cooperative effort in which monthly estimates of total employment and unemployment are prepared for approximately 7,500 areas: Census regions and divisions, States, Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Metropolitan NECTAS (New England City and Town Areas), Metropolitan Divisions and NECTA Divisions, Micropolitan Statistical Areas and Micropolitan NECTAs, Combined Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Combined NECTAs, Small Labor Market Areas, Counties and county equivalents, Cities of 25,000 population or more, Cities and towns in New England regardless of population. These estimates are key indicators of local economic conditions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor is responsible for the concepts, definitions, technical procedures, validation, and publication of the estimates that state workforce agencies prepare under agreement with BLS. The concepts and definitions underlying LAUS data come from the Current Population Survey (CPS), the household survey that is the source of the national unemployment rate. The timing of data availability is controlled by the length of time required to produce and validate estimates.

Standard geographic area definitions based on existing political divisions are used by the LAUS program to determine the specific areas for which estimates are generated. These same definitions are used by other federal and state agencies, enabling comparison and tabulation of data across programs. Standardized definitions also increase the availability of input data for the LAUS program from other statistical or administrative programs.

This dataset contains data for counties and statistically equivalent area along with their Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) codes.

The employed are according to LAUS all persons who, during the reference week (the week including the 12th day of the month), (a) did any work as paid employees, worked in their own business or profession or on their own farm, or worked 15 hours or more as unpaid workers in an enterprise operated by a member of their family, or (b) were not working but who had jobs from which they were temporarily absent because of vacation, illness, bad weather, childcare problems, maternity or paternity leave, labor-management dispute, job training, or other family or personal reasons, whether or not they were paid for the time off or were seeking other jobs. Each employed person is counted only once, even if he or she holds more than one job.

The unemployed persons are all persons who had no employment during the reference week, were available for work, except for temporary illness, and had made specific efforts to find employment sometime during the 4 week-period ending with the reference week. Persons who were waiting to be recalled to a job from which they had been laid off need not have been looking for work to be classified as unemployed.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, LAUS Program, Labor Force, Human Resources Available, Unemployment Rate, County Level, County Equivalent Areas, Monthly Data, Employed, Unemployed, Counties Human Resources

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US Counties And Equivalent Areas Human Resources And Unemployment Rate, US Counties Monthly Statistics For Unemployment Rate, US Bureau Of Labor Statistics Unemployment Rate At County Level

Local_Area_Unemployment_Statistics_CodeThe original LAUS area codestringrequired : 1
StateThe US state or state equivalent area namestring-
State_AbbreviationThe US state or state equivalent area abbreviated namestring-
State_FIPS_CodeThe 2-digit Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) code of state or state equivalent areasintegerlevel : Nominal
County_And_Statistically_Equivalent_AreasThe name of the county or the statistically equivalent areastring-
Type_Of_AreaSpecifies the type of area, including county typestringenum : Array
County_FIPS_CodeThe 3-digit Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) code of county or county equivalent areastring-
Data_Collection_PeriodThe year and month when was the data collecteddaterequired : 1
Is_Preliminary_DataSpecifies whether the data is preliminaryboolean-
Total_Civialian_Labor_ForceThe number of all persons in the civilian non-institutional population ages 16 and older classified as either employed or unemployedintegerlevel : Ratio
Number_Of_EmployedThe total number of employed (according to the definition provided in the description)integerlevel : Ratio
Number_Of_UnemployedThe total number of unemployed (according to the definition provided in the description)integerlevel : Ratio
Unemployment_Rate_PercentThe unemployed percent of the civilian labor forcenumberlevel : Ratio
Local Area Unemployment Statistics CodeStateState AbbreviationState FIPS CodeCounty And Statistically Equivalent AreasType Of AreaCounty FIPS CodeData Collection PeriodIs Preliminary DataTotal Civialian Labor ForceNumber Of EmployedNumber Of UnemployedUnemployment Rate Percent
CN0100100000000AlabamaAL1Autauga CountyCounty12016-11-01False258092451812915
CN0100300000000AlabamaAL1Baldwin CountyCounty32016-11-01False895078481746905
CN0100500000000AlabamaAL1Barbour CountyCounty52016-11-01False821375466678
CN0100700000000AlabamaAL1Bibb CountyCounty72016-11-01False864581055406
CN0100900000000AlabamaAL1Blount CountyCounty92016-11-01False247542348112735
CN0101100000000AlabamaAL1Bullock CountyCounty112016-11-01False499046093818
CN0101300000000AlabamaAL1Butler CountyCounty132016-11-01False907284795937
CN0101500000000AlabamaAL1Calhoun CountyCounty152016-11-01False456594276628936
CN0101700000000AlabamaAL1Chambers CountyCounty172016-11-01False15241144667755
CN0101900000000AlabamaAL1Cherokee CountyCounty192016-11-01False11230106735575