This pattern has been true for much of the jobs recovery since the Great Recession began in December 2007: the jobs recovery has not been fast enough to cope with the increase in the working-age population.
|In Thousand Persons|
|2007 to September 2016|
|2007||2008||2009||2010||2011||2012||2013||2014||2015||September 2016||Variance||% Variance|
|Civilian Non Institutional Population||231,867||233,788||235,801||237,830||239,618||243,284||246,745||249,027||251,936||254,091||22,224||9.58%|
|Not in Labor Force||78,743||79,501||81,659||83,941||86,001||88,310||91,698||92,898||94,103||94,184||15,441||19.61%|
Throughout the whole recovery, the US Civilian Non-Institutional Population has grown by 22.22 million or 9.58% but employment has grown by only 5.92 million or 4.05%. This has resulted in a disproportionate increase in the people who are not counted as part of the labor force. "Not in Labor Force" has grown by 15.44 million or 19.61%.
Not in Labor Force has become an ever increasing part of the US working-age population.
As a result, the country's employment to population ratio and labor force participation rate have yet to recover to pre-recession levels.
The labor economy shows signs of improvement. Part-time employment and long-term unemployment are down significantly.
Moreover, Temporary Help Services are beginning to taper off.
So, the US Jobs Recovery is just muddling through.