What’s in your job?
That’s the question that is being asked right now, as America prepares for another full year of job losses, layoffs and an unemployment rate that’s now well above 7%.
The U.S. is already on track to lose a record-high number of jobs this year, with a total of 8.6 million Americans out of work.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the unemployment rate in the United States is currently 8.1%, the highest since November 2000.
The labor market remains at its lowest level since December 2004.
The job market has been a mixed bag for decades.
At one time, Americans were largely encouraged to put their careers on hold and pursue more stable jobs.
Today, the reverse is happening.
More than 4.3 million Americans were employed full time in October, according to the BLS, down 5 percent from October.
The unemployment rate for those in the labor force is now 7.4%, the lowest since February of last year.
The median age of the working-age population is 29.8 years, the highest in the last 20 years.
The jobs market has remained strong in recent years.
The number of people who have a job in the U.s. is expected to grow by more than 50,000, according a Gallup poll released on Tuesday.
The median annual wage in the country rose by 3.9 percent in October from a year earlier, according the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
It’s the highest increase since February 2009.
But the median pay is still below the peak of a decade ago.
The number of Americans who have been out of a job for more than three months has more than doubled over the past year.
This year, 5.3 percent of workers were out of the workforce, up from 4.5 percent in May.
The unemployment rate remains at the highest level since January 2009.
But despite the current labor market struggles, some Americans continue to enjoy some of the benefits of the job market.
Some say they’re feeling optimistic about the economy and looking forward to a brighter future.
But many others are worried that their children will be struggling and will be left behind in a difficult economy.
A survey conducted by The Associated Press/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that a majority of Americans say the job loss and job-search troubles they’re experiencing are hurting their family’s finances.
More:The Associated Press contributed to this report.