Unemployment reflects the people who are not employed and looked for a job within the last four weeks. If one has a job or are not looking one is not "unemployed". Good news in January and February ... the overall number of jobs in the country went up by a large number each month. But bad news - people who were not "unemployed" because they were not looking saw the news about new jobs being available and rejoined the ranks of the counted unemployed. More available jobs leads to a higher unemployment rate.