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Bridget Johnson


November 19, 2012 - 8:18 am

Gallup’s tracking survey of the U.S. unemployment rate without seasonal adjustment has ticked upward in mid-November.

The October rate was 7 percent. The new rate released this morning by Gallup is 7.4 percent.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment is 7.9 percent, up from 7.4 percent in October.

These results are based on Gallup Daily tracking interviews, conducted by landline and cellphone with approximately 30,000 Americans from Oct. 14-Nov. 15 — 68.2 percent of whom are active in the workforce, according to the polling organization.

The underemployment rate has also jumped — as measured without seasonal adjustment, it’s 16.3 percent in mid-November, up from 15.9 percent in October.

The number of part-timers wanting full-time work was unchanged at 8.9 percent in mid-November.

“Gallup’s unemployment results for the 30 days ending on Nov. 15 suggest that the improvement in the U.S. unemployment situation found in October was short-lived,” stated Gallup’s chief economist┬áDennis Jacobe. “…At the same time, superstorm Sandy distorted weekly jobless claims, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and may be doing the same to Gallup’s unemployment results. The presidential election may also have disrupted the job market for a few days in early November.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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