Civilian labor force
Employed persons consist of: persons who did any work for pay or profit during the survey reference week; persons who did at least 15 hours of unpaid work in a family-operated enterprise; and persons who were temporarily absent from their regular jobs because of illness, vacation, bad weather, industrial dispute, or various personal reasons.
Unemployed persons include: all persons who had no employment during the reference week, were available to for work, except for temporary illness, and had made specific efforts to find work sometime in the last four weeks. This series comes from the Current Population Survey. Source: BLS