US Unemployment Rate:

3.60% for May 2019
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The US Unemployment Rate measures the total number of employees in the United States that are a part of the labor force, but are without a job. Unemployment rates can be a good gauge for how the economy is performing. Historically, the US Unemployment Rate reached as high as 10.80% in 1982 and 9.9% in November of 2009. Both of these times were notable recessionary periods. In 1982, the recession was mainly caused by a tighter monetary policy by Fed Chairman Paul Volcker. This caused many industries to be hit with high unemployment numbers including the construction and manufacturing spaces. In comparison, the recession in 2008-2009 was caused by the housing crisis, which also hit the construction job market negatively.

US Unemployment Rate is at 3.60%, compared to 3.60% last month and 3.80% last year. This is lower than the long term average of 5.75%.

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May 31, 2019 3.60%
April 30, 2019 3.60%
March 31, 2019 3.80%
Feb. 28, 2019 3.80%
Jan. 31, 2019 4.00%
Dec. 31, 2018 3.90%
Nov. 30, 2018 3.70%
Oct. 31, 2018 3.80%
Sept. 30, 2018 3.70%
Aug. 31, 2018 3.80%
July 31, 2018 3.90%
June 30, 2018 4.00%
May 31, 2018 3.80%
April 30, 2018 3.90%
March 31, 2018 4.00%
Feb. 28, 2018 4.10%
Jan. 31, 2018 4.10%
Dec. 31, 2017 4.10%
Nov. 30, 2017 4.20%
Oct. 31, 2017 4.10%
Sept. 30, 2017 4.20%
Aug. 31, 2017 4.40%
July 31, 2017 4.30%
June 30, 2017 4.30%
May 31, 2017 4.40%
   
April 30, 2017 4.40%
March 31, 2017 4.40%
Feb. 28, 2017 4.70%
Jan. 31, 2017 4.70%
Dec. 31, 2016 4.70%
Nov. 30, 2016 4.60%
Oct. 31, 2016 4.90%
Sept. 30, 2016 5.00%
Aug. 31, 2016 4.90%
July 31, 2016 4.90%
June 30, 2016 4.90%
May 31, 2016 4.70%
April 30, 2016 5.00%
March 31, 2016 5.00%
Feb. 29, 2016 4.90%
Jan. 31, 2016 4.90%
Dec. 31, 2015 5.00%
Nov. 30, 2015 5.00%
Oct. 31, 2015 5.00%
Sept. 30, 2015 5.00%
Aug. 31, 2015 5.10%
July 31, 2015 5.20%
June 30, 2015 5.30%
May 31, 2015 5.50%
April 30, 2015 5.40%

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Stats

Last Value 3.60%
Latest Period May 2019
Last Updated Jun 7 2019, 08:34 EDT
Next Release Jul 5 2019, 08:30 EDT
Long Term Average 5.75%
Value from 1 Year Ago 3.80%
Change from 1 Year Ago -5.26%
Frequency Monthly
Unit Percent
Adjustment Seasonally Adjusted
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Notes: Civilian unemployment rate.

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