United States Unemployment Rate 1948-2014 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Unemployment Rate in the United States remained unchanged at 5.80 percent in November of 2014. Unemployment Rate in the United States averaged 5.83 percent from 1948 until 2014, 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
5.80 5.80 10.80 2.50 1948 - 2014 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 Monday, December 22, 2014.


US Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 5.8% in November


US jobless rate remained stable at 5.8 percent in November and the number of unemployed persons was little changed at 9.1 million.

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 321,000 in November. Job gains were widespread, led by growth in professional and business services, retail trade, health care, and manufacturing.

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for adult men rose to 5.4 percent in November. The rates for adult women (5.3 percent), teenagers (17.7 percent), whites (4.9 percent), blacks (11.1 percent), and Hispanics (6.6 percent) showed little change over the month. The jobless rate for Asians was 4.8 percent (not seasonally adjusted), little changed from a year earlier. 

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 2.8 million in November. These individuals accounted for 30.7 percent of the unemployed. Over the past 12 months, the number of long-term  unemployed declined by 1.2 million.

The civilian labor force participation rate held at 62.8 percent in November and has been essentially unchanged since April. The employment-population ratio, at 59.2 percent, was unchanged in November but is up by 0.6 percentage point over the year.

The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers), at 6.9 million, changed little in November. These individuals, who would have preferred full-time employment, were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job. 


BLS | anna@tradingeconomics.com
12/5/2014 1:40:50 PM


Recent Releases

US Unemployment Rate Drops Further
US jobless rate decreased for the third consecutive month to a fresh six-year low 5.8 percent in October from 5.9 percent in September. The number of unemployed persons edged down to 9.0 million. Published on 2014-11-07

US Unemployment Rate Down to 6-Year Low
US jobless rate decreased to 5.9 percent in September from 6.1 percent in August, the lowest rate since July of 2008. The number of unemployed persons decreased by 329,000 to 9.3 million. Published on 2014-10-03


Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2014-10-03 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Sep
5.9% 6.1% 6.1% 6.1%
2014-11-07 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Oct
5.8% 5.9% 5.9% 5.8%
2014-12-05 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Nov
5.8% 5.8% 5.8% 5.7%
2015-01-09 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Dec
5.8% 5.7% 5.7%
2015-02-06 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Jan
5.6%
2015-03-06 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Feb
5.6%


United States Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.80 5.80 10.80 2.50 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 321.00 243.00 1114.00 -1966.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 7.00 7.00 422.00 -260.00 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 314.00 236.00 1089.00 -821.00 Thousand [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 28.00 20.00 572.00 -519.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 289.00 297.00 695.00 162.00 Thousand [+]
Continuing Jobless Claims 2373.00 2520.00 6635.00 988.00 Thousand [+]
Adp Employment Change 208.00 233.00 336.70 -842.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 147287.00 147283.00 147287.00 57635.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 9110.00 8995.00 15382.00 1596.00 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 5109.00 4694.00 5771.00 2134.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.80 1.87 2.80 1.80 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.80 12.70 19.60 7.80 percent [+]
Productivity 106.72 106.11 106.72 27.55 Index Points [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 0.40 0.10 0.60 -0.15 percent [+]
Average Weekly Hours 34.60 34.50 34.70 33.80 Hours [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 62.80 62.80 67.30 58.10 percent [+]
Challenger Job Cuts 35940.00 51183.00 248475.00 15100.00 Persons [+]
Wages 10.34 10.33 10.41 9.88 USD [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 19.63 19.60 19.63 1.27 USD [+]
Labour Costs 103.87 104.12 105.10 17.12 Index Points [+]
Population 317.30 315.09 317.30 76.09 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 66.00 66.00 66.00 65.83 [+]
Retirement Age Men 66.00 66.00 66.00 66.00 [+]
Job Offers 4834.00 4685.00 5273.00 2146.00 Hundreds [+]
Minimum Wages 7.25 7.25 7.25 0.25 USD [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.30 Nov/14 6.20 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 4.80 Nov/14 4.70 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.60 Nov/14 6.50 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Aug/14 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.50 Oct/14 11.50 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.40 Aug/14 10.10 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.90 Oct/14 5.00 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 5.20 Dec/12 6.30 9.40 5.20 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.94 Aug/14 5.70 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 13.20 Oct/14 12.90 13.20 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.50 Oct/14 3.60 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.53 Nov/14 4.78 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 8.00 Nov/14 8.00 8.80 3.40 percent [+]
Russia 5.20 Nov/14 5.10 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.40 Nov/14 3.50 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.67 Aug/14 24.47 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.20 Nov/14 3.10 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 10.50 Sep/14 10.10 16.10 8.00 percent [+]
United Kingdom 6.00 Oct/14 6.00 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.80 Nov/14 5.80 10.80 2.50 percent [+]