The economy has been doing better over the past few weeks, and while job growth continues to be sluggish, many are still not getting the paychecks they deserve.
The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the unemployment rate is at a six-month low at 4.8%, down from 6.6% in August and 5.1% in July.
The unemployment rate remains near the historic lows of 4.5% seen in late 2008, but it is down from 4.9% in mid-2008.
There are more Americans out of work than in the workforce.
In fact, the number of Americans unemployed has been falling steadily since mid-September, when it reached 7.5 million.
This is partly due to an expansion of the labor force participation rate, which is down since March but is now at its lowest level in four years.
But the number working part time or looking for work has been rising, too.
This has led to a dramatic drop in total nonfarm employment, which fell by 2.5 percentage points last month to just over 8 million, according to the BLS.
But this number does not take into account people who are looking for full-time work.
That is, many of the jobless who were counted in the jobs report are still looking for jobs, either because they are unemployed or they are looking to work for an extended period.
Some of the jobs that have been lost are manufacturing, which dropped by 1.4% to 9.6 million.
Construction, which has been a strong industry for several years, fell by 3.3% to 5.9 million.
But even as the economy improves, some jobs are still being lost.
The number of jobs that were lost was up 0.7% in June to 7.7 million, while the number that were created was up 1.6%.
This suggests that the economy may be gaining traction with some workers, but many others are not getting their fair share of the new jobs created.
The jobless rate is also still well below the historic highs of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
But as the number is dropping, many people are finding other ways to keep their jobs, such as part-time or temporary jobs.
These are the jobs people are looking out for and that may make it harder for the economy to pick up the slack.
As the number declines, the unemployment benefits that some workers are eligible for will drop as well.
This will make it more difficult for them to find a new job, and it will also reduce the amount of money they can put toward a down payment on a home.
The economy will also be hurt by the fact that the number in the labor market is still falling, despite the recovery in the unemployment numbers.
As we discussed last week, the labor-force participation rate is still at an all-time low of 5.8%.
But since the start of the recovery, the share of adults that are employed has risen from 5.2% in early 2013 to 6.2%, and the share that are unemployed has dropped from 8.9%.
The number that is employed is growing, but not fast enough for the federal government to be able to keep up with it.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis is projecting that the labor participation rate will remain at its historic low of 6.8% for the next few years, while jobless will rise to 5 million in 2024 and 5 million by 2028.