United States Unemployment Rate 1948-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Unemployment Rate in the United States remained unchanged at 5.50 percent in March of 2015 from 5.50 percent in February of 2015. Unemployment Rate in the United States averaged 5.83 percent from 1948 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 10.80 percent in November of 1982 and a record low of 2.50 percent in May of 1953. Unemployment Rate in the United States is reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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United States Unemployment Rate


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5.50 5.50 10.80 2.50 1948 - 2015 percent Monthly
In the United States, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides - United States Unemployment Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Content for - United States Unemployment Rate - was last refreshed on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.


US Unemployment Rate Steady at 5.5%


The jobless rate held at 5.5 percent in March, the same as in February and the lowest in nearly 7 years. The number of unemployed persons was little changed at 8.6 million.

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (5.1 percent), adult women (4.9 percent), teenagers (17.5 percent), whites (4.7 percent), blacks (10.1 percent), Asians (3.2 percent), and Hispanics (6.8 percent) showed little or no change in March.

Among the unemployed, the number of new entrants decreased by 157,000 in March and is down by 342,000 over the year. Unemployed new entrants are those who never previously worked.

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 2.6 million in March. These individuals accounted for 29.8 percent of the unemployed. Over the past 12 months, the number of long-term unemployed has declined by 1.1 million.

The civilian labor force participation rate was little changed at 62.7 percent in March. Since April 2014, the participation rate has remained within a narrow range of 62.7 percent to 62.9 percent. In March, the employment-population ratio was 59.3 percent for the third consecutive month.

The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons was little changed in March at 6.7 million.

In March, 2.1 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force, little changed from a year earlier.

Among the marginally attached, there were 738,000 discouraged workers in March, little different from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.) Discouraged  workers are persons not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.3 million persons marginally attached to the labor force in March had not searched for work for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities.

BLS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
4/3/2015 1:40:37 PM


Recent Releases

US Unemployment Rate Down to Nearly 7-Year Low
The jobless rate decreased to 5.5 percent in February from 5.7 percent in the previous month. It is the lowest figure since May of 2008 as the number of unemployed persons went down. Published on 2015-03-06

US Unemployment Rate Edges Up to 5.7%
US jobless rate increased to 5.7 percent in January of 2015 from 5.6 percent in the previous month as more unemployed started looking for work. Published on 2015-02-06


Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-02-06 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Jan
5.7% 5.6% 5.6% 5.6%
2015-03-06 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Feb
5.5% 5.7% 5.6% 5.7%
2015-04-03 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Mar
5.5% 5.5% 5.5% 5.6%
2015-05-08 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Apr
5.5% 5.62%
2015-06-05 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  May
5.58%
2015-07-02 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Jun
5.6%


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.50 5.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 126.00 264.00 1114.00 -1966.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls -3.00 0.00 427.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 129.00 264.00 1089.00 -819.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls -1.00 2.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 295.00 267.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2325.00 2308.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
Adp Employment Change 189.00 214.00 343.00 -826.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 148331.00 148297.00 148331.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 8575.00 8705.00 15352.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 4879.00 4988.00 5594.00 2132.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.63 1.73 2.80 1.63 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.30 11.90 19.50 7.80 percent [+]
Productivity 106.40 106.98 106.98 27.55 Index Points [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.30 0.10 0.60 -0.20 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.50 34.60 34.70 33.70 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.70 62.80 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 36594.00 50579.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 10.55 10.54 10.55 9.88 USD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 19.71 19.70 19.71 1.27 USD/Hour [+]
Labour Costs 104.91 103.85 105.09 17.12 Index Points [+]
Population 318.86 316.50 318.86 76.09 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 66.00 66.00 66.00 66.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 66.00 66.00 66.00 66.00 [+]
Job Offers 5133.00 4965.00 5273.00 2146.00 Hundreds [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD/Hour [+]
Wage Growth 4.92 5.32 13.77 -5.77 percent [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.10 Mar/15 6.20 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 5.90 Feb/15 5.30 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 Mar/15 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Feb/15 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.30 Feb/15 11.40 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.40 Nov/14 10.30 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.80 Feb/15 4.80 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 4.90 Dec/13 5.20 9.40 4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.94 Aug/14 5.70 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 12.70 Feb/15 12.60 13.20 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.50 Feb/15 3.60 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 3.86 Mar/15 4.33 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 7.00 Mar/15 7.10 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.90 Mar/15 5.80 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.70 Mar/15 3.90 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.78 Feb/15 23.70 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.40 Mar/15 3.50 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 11.30 Jan/15 10.90 16.10 8.00 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.60 Feb/15 5.70 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.50 Mar/15 5.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]