US Unemployment Rate:

8.40% for Aug 2020
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US Unemployment Rate is at 8.40%, compared to 10.20% last month and 3.70% last year. This is higher than the long term average of 5.76%.

The US Unemployment Rate measures the percentage of total employees in the United States that are a part of the labor force, but are without a job. It is one of the most widely followed indicators of the health of the US labor market and the US economy as a whole. 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.

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Aug. 31, 2020 8.40%
July 31, 2020 10.20%
June 30, 2020 11.10%
May 31, 2020 13.30%
April 30, 2020 14.70%
March 31, 2020 4.40%
Feb. 29, 2020 3.50%
Jan. 31, 2020 3.60%
Dec. 31, 2019 3.50%
Nov. 30, 2019 3.50%
Oct. 31, 2019 3.60%
Sept. 30, 2019 3.50%
Aug. 31, 2019 3.70%
July 31, 2019 3.70%
June 30, 2019 3.70%
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 3.80%
June 30, 2018 4.00%
May 31, 2018 3.80%
April 30, 2018 4.00%
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%

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Stats

Last Value 8.40%
Latest Period Aug 2020
Last Updated Sep 4 2020, 08:34 EDT
Next Release Oct 2 2020, 08:30 EDT
Long Term Average 5.76%
Value from 1 Year Ago 3.70%
Change from 1 Year Ago 127.0%
Frequency Monthly
Unit Percent
Adjustment Seasonally Adjusted
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Notes: Civilian unemployment rate.

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