Department of Numbers

US Unemployment

The BLS household survey showed that the US unemployment rate fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.1%. The unemployment rate peaked in October 2009 at 10.0% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now risen by 0.0 percentage points.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5

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 8,742,000 fewer people unemployed in the country. From a post peak low of 6,520,000 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown again by 90,000. US employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6,610,000 +90,000 -799,000

Unemployed Persons

US Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
National
Unemployed Persons
November 2017 4.1% 6,610,000
October 2017 4.1% 6,520,000
September 2017 4.2% 6,801,000
August 2017 4.4% 7,132,000
July 2017 4.3% 6,981,000
June 2017 4.4% 6,977,000
May 2017 4.3% 6,861,000
April 2017 4.4% 7,056,000
March 2017 4.5% 7,202,000
February 2017 4.7% 7,528,000
January 2017 4.8% 7,635,000
December 2016 4.7% 7,529,000