There is no way to really get correct information. If one is dropped from getting unemployment checks ..they are considered working. All you will get is a general shift. There are the API numbers which would be great if every pay check was written by them. I think this was an idea that someone dreamed up and it caught on. Not much stock is put on the results. It is a chart mover if lots of hoopla is made before the results. Eventually a trader will see it is all hype and not much else.
Why is the unemployment rate not decreasing?
The U.S. economy has been adding jobs continuously for several years. In fact, payroll employment growth has been consistently higher than measures of population growth, including the civilian population shown in the graph above. This is definitely an encouraging sign for the health of the labor market. The unemployment rate has steadily decreased over this period, yet it has hardly moved in recent months: It was 5.1% in August 2015 and is 5.0% as of April 2016. With this larger inflow of employed people than people in general, the unemployment rate should decrease, right? That would be correct if the proportion of ... (full story)