Jobless rate doesn't offer a true picture of the economy [Letter]

The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent in April from 6.7 percent in March, the lowest it has been since September 2008, when it was 6.1 percent.

However , The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not count people who have given up looking for work as unemployed. There are still more than 92 million Americans who remain out of the work force.

The bureau noted that the civilian labor force dropped by 806,000 last month, following an increase of 503,000 in March.

The number of Americans who are not in the work force rose in April to over 92.5 million, nearly 1 million more than in the previous month, when 91.6 million were not in the labor force, including an aging population that is continuing to head into retirement.

Al Eisner, Silver Spring

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