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Basic Info

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.

US Unemployment Rate is at 5.20%, compared to 5.40% last month and 8.40% last year. This is lower than the long term average of 5.77%.

Stats

Last Value 5.20%
Latest Period Aug 2021
Last Updated Sep 3 2021, 08:33 EDT
Next Release Oct 8 2021, 08:30 EDT
Long Term Average 5.77%
Average Growth Rate 3.11%
Value from 1 Year Ago 8.40%
Change from 1 Year Ago -38.10%
Frequency Monthly
Unit Percent
Adjustment Seasonally Adjusted
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Notes Civilian unemployment rate.

Historical Data

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Date Value
August 31, 2021 5.20%
July 31, 2021 5.40%
June 30, 2021 5.90%
May 31, 2021 5.80%
April 30, 2021 6.10%
March 31, 2021 6.00%
February 28, 2021 6.20%
January 31, 2021 6.30%
December 31, 2020 6.70%
November 30, 2020 6.70%
October 31, 2020 6.90%
September 30, 2020 7.80%
August 31, 2020 8.40%
July 31, 2020 10.20%
June 30, 2020 11.10%
May 31, 2020 13.30%
April 30, 2020 14.80%
March 31, 2020 4.40%
February 29, 2020 3.50%
January 31, 2020 3.50%
December 31, 2019 3.60%
November 30, 2019 3.60%
October 31, 2019 3.60%
September 30, 2019 3.50%
August 31, 2019 3.70%
Date Value
July 31, 2019 3.60%
June 30, 2019 3.60%
May 31, 2019 3.70%
April 30, 2019 3.70%
March 31, 2019 3.80%
February 28, 2019 3.80%
January 31, 2019 4.00%
December 31, 2018 3.90%
November 30, 2018 3.70%
October 31, 2018 3.80%
September 30, 2018 3.70%
August 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%
February 28, 2018 4.10%
January 31, 2018 4.10%
December 31, 2017 4.10%
November 30, 2017 4.20%
October 31, 2017 4.10%
September 30, 2017 4.20%
August 31, 2017 4.40%
July 31, 2017 4.30%

Basic Info

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.

US Unemployment Rate is at 5.20%, compared to 5.40% last month and 8.40% last year. This is lower than the long term average of 5.77%.

Stats

Last Value 5.20%
Latest Period Aug 2021
Last Updated Sep 3 2021, 08:33 EDT
Next Release Oct 8 2021, 08:30 EDT
Long Term Average 5.77%
Average Growth Rate 3.11%
Value from 1 Year Ago 8.40%
Change from 1 Year Ago -38.10%
Frequency Monthly
Unit Percent
Adjustment Seasonally Adjusted
Download Source File Download
Notes Civilian unemployment rate.