Department of Numbers

US Unemployment

The BLS household survey showed that the US unemployment rate rose 0.2 percentage points in June 2016 to 4.9%. The unemployment rate peaked in October 2009 at 10.0% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now risen by 0.2 percentage points.

Unemployment Rate June 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% +0.2 -0.4

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 7,569,000 fewer people unemployed in the country. From a post peak low of 7,436,000 in May 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown again by 347,000. US employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained) is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 7,783,000 +347,000 -479,000

Unemployed Persons

US Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
National
Unemployed Persons
June 2016 4.9% 7,783,000
May 2016 4.7% 7,436,000
April 2016 5.0% 7,920,000
March 2016 5.0% 7,966,000
February 2016 4.9% 7,815,000
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