Department of Numbers

US Unemployment

The BLS household survey showed that the US unemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2017 to 4.1%. The unemployment rate peaked in October 2009 at 10.0% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7

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 8,832,000 fewer people unemployed in the country. US employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6,520,000 -281,000 -1,220,000

Unemployed Persons

US Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
National
Unemployed Persons
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
November 2016 4.6% 7,409,000