The United States At a Glance
The United States of America is the third-largest country in the world by population, with about 322,583,006 citizens. It’s also home to the most immigrants, as more than 1,008,835 people relocated to the USA in 2014 alone.
The average age in the United States is 37.2, and 20% of the population is 60 years or older. With an area of 9,629,056 square kilometers, the United States is the third-largest country in the world.
The United States Jobs & Economy
The United States is the world’s largest national economy, accounting for 22% of nominal global GDP. In dollar terms, the USA’s GDP was estimated at 17.711 for 2014. The U.S. dollar is the most common currency for international transactions.
The U.S. is the world’s largest oil producer and natural gas. It is also the second-largest trading nation in the world, as it regularly trades with Canada, China, Mexico, Japan, Germany, and South Korea.
Retail is the largest industry in America, accounting for 10% of total employment. Accommodation and food service is second at 8%. Professional and technical services is the third-largest field at 6%, with administrative and waste service and local education coming in at 5%.
As of January 2015, the average earnings for a US worker were reported at $24.75 per hour.
The Unites States Unemployment Rate
In October 2009, the U.S. unemployment rate hit its highest point in the past decade at 10.0. However, the unemployment rate has been dropping ever since, and never rose above 6.7 in 2014.
As of January 2015, the unemployment rate was 5.6.