In an era when many Americans feel they are not adequately represented in the workforce, there is a new kind of job: the job seeker.
Job seekers, like those who are unemployed, are increasingly seeking a second career in their chosen field of study.
The job seeker is no longer just a temporary worker.
They are also part of the workforce and are looking for work, a new report says.
The report, by the Labor Department’s Employment Employment Outlook, also found that more than a quarter of Americans said they were looking for more than one job in their lifetime.
“There is a tremendous amount of opportunity in the job market right now,” said Brian Miller, senior director for research at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group.
“But people need to be careful not to look at the job as an end-all, be-all.”
The report says job seekers can find work in sectors like nursing, construction, hospitality and other leisure and hospitality industries.
“It’s not about looking for a second job,” said David T. Cossack, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the country’s largest union.
“They’re looking for employment.
If they’re unemployed, they need to look for work.”
Cossacks report says the number of job seekers rose by 1.5 million between 2014 and 2016, the first increase since 2009.
While that was a positive development, Miller said, the overall number of people looking for jobs remains below the peak in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when the number rose by an average of more than 12 million.
He said the current job market is much more diverse and that it is a good time to be in the market.
“This is a very exciting time to have this type of job market, and this is a job market that is very strong,” Miller said.
The Labor Department also reported that the number on disability benefits rose by 7,000 in 2016 to nearly 34 million people.
Some 4.4 million Americans who were not receiving benefits were receiving them because of their disability, according to the report.
The number of Americans on food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is funded through food stamps and Medicaid, also increased.
In 2016, 4.3 million people on SNAP received benefits, according the report, which was released on Monday.
But the number who were receiving benefits dropped to 3.9 million in 2017, as a result of the recession, according a separate report from the National Employment Law Project.
The unemployment rate for all Americans fell to 6.1 percent in January from 7.8 percent in December.
The numbers are still well below the 6.6 percent peak of the late 1990s.
In 2014, the unemployment rate was 6.9 percent, the lowest in more than four decades.
That was followed by a peak of 9.3 percent in 2007, the last time unemployment rates were at that level.
The jobs market is also improving, the report said, with hiring in construction, manufacturing, service-sector jobs, retail, hospitality, health care and government.
But unemployment rates are still high.
In January, the average hourly wage of an American with a bachelor’s degree was $16.53, up 0.3 cents from January 2016, according for a chart released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Monday afternoon.
The average wage of a worker with a high school diploma or less was $21.32, up 2 cents from a year earlier.
For a worker in that group, the gap was only 1.6 cents, down from 1.8 cents in January 2016.
Miller said that, while unemployment rates have been dropping in recent years, the labor market is still struggling.
“When we talk about the economy, we have to talk about jobs, and it’s going to take a long time for the job markets to come back,” Miller added.
“And that means people are going to have to make changes in their lives, and they have to find other ways to live, too.”
Miller said he has noticed a decline in the number and type of Americans in the U.S. who are seeking jobs.
“I’ve been to more than 100 cities in America, and I can tell you, we’re finding more and more Americans that are seeking work,” he said.
“We’re finding people who are looking to start a family, people who want to work, and people who like to work at the end of the day.”
The study is based on interviews with a national sample of 2,500 people, of whom 2,200 were employed.
The results were based on a survey of 1,300 employers in the first quarter of this year.
The full report can be found here.
The Associated Press writer Steve Peoples contributed to this report.