Definition of U-1 Unemployment Rate

What is the "U-1 unemployment rate"? What is the "U-1 unemployment rate" helpful in measuring?

Before we define the U-1 unemployment rate, let's quickly go over the two more popular unemployment rates - the U-3 and the U-6.

The U-3 unemployment rate is the "official" government unemployment number. When you hear the unemployment numbers on CNBC, you are hearing the U-3 unemployment rate.

The U-6 unemployment rate is considered to be a broader measure of labor underutilization. The U-6 rate includes some very large groups of people that the U-3 rate doesn't, including "marginally attached" workers and those people who have part-time jobs but want full-time work.

The U-1 unemployment rate is completely different. defines the U-1 unemployment rate as:

-"persons unemployed 15 weeks or longer, as a percent of the civilian labor force"

This would be your long-term unemployed, as a percentage of the total civilian labor force.

The U-1 unemployment rate was 3.0% (seasonally adjusted) in December of 2008, but has since grown to 5.9% in just one year.

-- Articles That Mention U-1 Unemployment Rate: