1.9 million jobs have been lost since the end of the Great Recession in February 2009, and a report on Monday showed that the US has added just 4.5 million jobs since then.
The report, from the National Employment Law Project, was released on Monday.
US jobless rates fell by 0.4 percentage points in October, according to a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
In November, the rate fell 0.6 points to 5.9%.
The report showed that more people were working part-time and people were not joining the labour force in large numbers, which are signs that the economy is slowing down.
The number of Americans employed full-time dropped to a six-year low in September, but it is expected to rise in November as people wait to see if their unemployment benefits will be renewed.
The Fed expects that full-year jobless benefits will fall by a quarter to 9.4 million, with more people on food stamps, welfare and other support programs, which could add to the slowdown.
In a report released on Tuesday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said that in October the US unemployment fell to 5% – the lowest level since March 2008.
The unemployment rate dropped from 5.7% in October to 5%.
This is a major drop from the peak of 5.4% in September 2008, which the Fed attributed to the financial crisis.
The US economy is still on track to add more than 200,000 jobs in 2017, the Fed said on Tuesday.
The Federal Reserve has cut its main interest rate by more than a quarter since December, and has raised its benchmark rate by an average of 0.5 percentage points since then to an all-time low of 0% this month.
The report also showed that total unemployment dropped to 8.9% in November, down from 9.3% in the previous month.
This is down from a peak of 13.5% in May 2015.
According to the latest US Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the labour market is showing signs of improvement.
In October, the unemployment rate was 7.9%, down from 8.8% in August and 9.5%, which was the lowest since September 2015.
The BEA said that more Americans were working full-timers than were unemployed in October.
However, the BEA’s report did not look at the employment situation for the 18 states and the District of Columbia that do not have a labor force or a federal government workforce.
A separate report from the BEP also showed on Monday that the labour-force participation rate for all Americans fell to 62.7%, which is the lowest it has been since January 2009.
The share of Americans who are employed or looking for work fell to 63.3%, the lowest in six years, according for the BEPS monthly jobless survey.
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