Department of Numbers

US Unemployment

The BLS household survey showed that the US unemployment rate rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2019 to 3.6%. The unemployment rate peaked in October 2009 at 10.0% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in September 2019, the unemployment rate has now risen by 0.1 percentage points.

Unemployment Rate October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.2

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 9,497,000 fewer people unemployed in the country. From a post peak low of 5,769,000 in September 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown again by 86,000. US employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5,855,000 +86,000 -257,000

Unemployed Persons

US Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
National
Unemployed Persons
October 2019 3.6% 5,855,000
September 2019 3.5% 5,769,000
August 2019 3.7% 6,044,000
July 2019 3.7% 6,063,000
June 2019 3.7% 5,975,000
May 2019 3.6% 5,888,000
April 2019 3.6% 5,824,000
March 2019 3.8% 6,211,000
February 2019 3.8% 6,235,000
January 2019 4.0% 6,535,000
December 2018 3.9% 6,294,000
November 2018 3.7% 6,018,000