Department of Numbers

US Unemployment

The BLS household survey showed that the US unemployment rate fell 0.4 percentage points in September 2021 to 4.8%. The unemployment rate peaked in April 2020 at 14.8% and is now 10.0 percentage points lower.

Unemployment Rate September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% -0.4 -3.0

Unemployment Rate

Note: Recessions shown in gray

US Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in the US peaked in April 2020 at 23,109,000. There are now 15,435,000 fewer people unemployed in the country. US employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 7,674,000 -710,000 -4,861,000

Unemployed Persons

US Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
National
Unemployed Persons
September 2021 4.8% 7,674,000
August 2021 5.2% 8,384,000
July 2021 5.4% 8,702,000
June 2021 5.9% 9,484,000
May 2021 5.8% 9,316,000
April 2021 6.1% 9,812,000
March 2021 6.0% 9,710,000
February 2021 6.2% 9,972,000
January 2021 6.3% 10,130,000
December 2020 6.7% 10,736,000
November 2020 6.7% 10,728,000
October 2020 6.9% 11,049,000