Department of Numbers

US Unemployment

The BLS household survey showed that the US unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2015 to 5.5%. The unemployment rate peaked in October 2009 at 10.0% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower.

Unemployment Rate February 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% -0.2 -1.2

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 6,647,000 fewer people unemployed in the country. From a post peak low of 8,688,000 in December 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown again by 17,000. US employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 8,705,000 -274,000 -1,682,000

Unemployed Persons

US Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
National
Unemployed Persons
February 2015 5.5% 8,705,000
January 2015 5.7% 8,979,000
December 2014 5.6% 8,688,000
November 2014 5.8% 9,071,000
October 2014 5.7% 8,983,000
September 2014 5.9% 9,237,000
August 2014 6.1% 9,568,000
July 2014 6.2% 9,648,000
June 2014 6.1% 9,453,000
May 2014 6.3% 9,761,000
April 2014 6.2% 9,696,000
March 2014 6.6% 10,384,000