Department of Numbers

US Unemployment

The BLS household survey showed that the US unemployment rate rose 0.2 percentage points in August 2022 to 3.7%. The unemployment rate peaked in April 2020 at 14.7% and is now 11.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in July 2022, the unemployment rate has now risen by 0.2 percentage points.

Unemployment Rate August 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% +0.2 -1.5

Unemployment Rate

Note: Recessions shown in gray

US Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in the US peaked in April 2020 at 23,038,000. There are now 17,024,000 fewer people unemployed in the country. From a post peak low of 5,670,000 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown again by 344,000. US employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6,014,000 +344,000 -2,325,000

Unemployed Persons

US Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
National
Unemployed Persons
August 2022 3.7% 6,014,000
July 2022 3.5% 5,670,000
June 2022 3.6% 5,912,000
May 2022 3.6% 5,950,000
April 2022 3.6% 5,941,000
March 2022 3.6% 5,952,000
February 2022 3.8% 6,270,000
January 2022 4.0% 6,513,000
December 2021 3.9% 6,319,000
November 2021 4.2% 6,802,000
October 2021 4.6% 7,375,000
September 2021 4.7% 7,666,000