Department of Numbers

US Unemployment

The BLS household survey showed that the US unemployment rate rose 0.1 percentage points in June 2021 to 5.9%. The unemployment rate peaked in April 2020 at 14.8% and is now 8.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.8% in May 2021, the unemployment rate has now risen by 0.1 percentage points.

Unemployment Rate June 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.9% +0.1 -5.2

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 13,625,000 fewer people unemployed in the country. From a post peak low of 9,316,000 in May 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown again by 168,000. US employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained) is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 9,484,000 +168,000 -8,213,000

Unemployed Persons

US Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
National
Unemployed Persons
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
September 2020 7.8% 12,535,000
August 2020 8.4% 13,542,000
July 2020 10.2% 16,308,000