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U.S. Gallup Good Jobs Rate rises in March

Staff Writer | April 7, 2017
The Gallup Good Jobs rate rose to 45.1% in March from 44.4% in February.
Gallup Good Jobs Rate
Working in America   Based on interviews with 31,398 U.S. adults
Although down from its peak of 47.1% in July of 2016, it is currently higher than the 44.4% recorded in March of 2016. The GGJ is at its highest point since November 2016 (45.7%).

These data are based on interviews with 31,398 U.S. adults, conducted from March 1-31 as part of Gallup Daily tracking.

The GGJ is the percentage of U.S. adults, over the age of 18 who were employed on a full-time basis, at least 30 hours a week.

Not included in the measure are individuals who are self-employed, work fewer than 30 hours a week, are unemployed or are out of the workforce.

The GGJ metric only reflects those who are employed on a full-time basis for an employer and does not include measures of job satisfaction or compensation. GGJ is not seasonally adjusted.

Gallup began measuring the GGJ rate in January 2010 and since then, it has generally trended upward over time.

The average month-over-month rate of change for the GGJ has been +0.3 percentage points, since January 2011, the first month for which data could be compared with data recorded in the same month of the previous year.

The rate of change from March 2016 to March of this year was more than twice the average at +0.7 percentage points.

U.S. workforce participation increased slightly to 67.8% in March from 67.4% in February.

Gallup's measure of workforce participation includes all those U.S. adults who participated in the workforce in any capacity, including those who worked full time or part time as well as those who were not working but actively sought and were available for work.

The current rate of workforce participation is nearly a full percentage point higher than it was in March 2016 (66.9%).