New data released by the Labor Department shows that hiring has dropped significantly in the United States over the past decade, with employers hiring fewer than 50,000 workers for every job opening, or just 0.4 percent of the labor force.
In addition, more than 100,000 people who applied for jobs that were never filled have been offered jobs.
The report released Thursday said that while employers have made some changes, there is still a lot of uncertainty about what they’re going to do next.
“This report confirms what we’ve seen for some time: the economy remains weak,” said Robert Blendon, director of labor studies at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.
“Many employers will continue to face uncertainty about whether they can hire people, especially in their industries.”
The labor report also shows that in 2015, just over one-third of the workers in the private sector were employed in jobs that paid at least $70,000 annually.
This was up from just under half in 2014.
Employers have been increasingly relying on part-time workers and the unemployed, who are more likely to be in low-wage jobs.
The percentage of unemployed workers in jobs paying at least about $15 an hour has dropped to just under 11 percent, from 15 percent.
The unemployment rate for the United State in 2015 was 5.4%, down from 5.8% in 2014, but it remains nearly twice the national average of 3.7%.