Department of Numbers

US Unemployment

The BLS household survey showed that the US unemployment rate fell 1.0 percentage points in October 2020 to 6.9%. The unemployment rate peaked in April 2020 at 14.7% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower.

Unemployment Rate October 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.9% -1.0 +3.3

Unemployment Rate

Note: Recessions shown in gray

US Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in the US peaked in April 2020 at 23,078,000. There are now 12,017,000 fewer people unemployed in the country. US employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 11,061,000 -1,519,000 +5,204,000

Unemployed Persons

US Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
National
Unemployed Persons
October 2020 6.9% 11,061,000
September 2020 7.9% 12,580,000
August 2020 8.4% 13,550,000
July 2020 10.2% 16,338,000
June 2020 11.1% 17,750,000
May 2020 13.3% 20,985,000
April 2020 14.7% 23,078,000
March 2020 4.4% 7,140,000
February 2020 3.5% 5,787,000
January 2020 3.6% 5,892,000
December 2019 3.5% 5,753,000
November 2019 3.5% 5,811,000