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March 28, 2013

Labor Dept. releases gloomy NY numbers

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — ”People marginally attached to the labor force are not working, but indicate that they would like to work, are available to work, and have looked for work at some time during the past 12 months, even though they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities,” the report states.

Nationally, that number totaled 2.5 million in 2012.

A third category, discouraged workers, included among the marginally attached, are people who are not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available.

In 2012, there were 69,300 discouraged workers in New York state, according to the latest data, accounting for about 40 percent of the marginally attached in the state. Statewide, the percentage was 9.3 percent in 2012 compared with 8.6 percent nationwide

The full report can be found at www.bls.gov.

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