Department of Numbers

US Unemployment

The BLS household survey showed that the US unemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage points in January 2016 to 4.9%. The unemployment rate peaked in October 2009 at 10.0% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower.

Unemployment Rate January 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.8

Unemployment Rate

Note: Recessions shown in gray

US Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in the US peaked in October 2009 at 15,352,000. There are now 7,561,000 fewer people unemployed in the country. US employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 7,791,000 -113,000 -1,129,000

Unemployed Persons

US Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
National
Unemployed Persons
January 2016 4.9% 7,791,000
December 2015 5.0% 7,904,000
November 2015 5.0% 7,924,000
October 2015 5.0% 7,899,000
September 2015 5.1% 7,925,000
August 2015 5.1% 8,018,000
July 2015 5.3% 8,249,000
June 2015 5.3% 8,262,000
May 2015 5.5% 8,619,000
April 2015 5.4% 8,523,000
March 2015 5.5% 8,557,000
February 2015 5.5% 8,646,000