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Monthly Unemployment Rate: January 1948 to July 2009

Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey

 

Series Id:           LNS14000000
Seasonal Adjusted
Series title:        (Seas) Unemployment Rate
Labor force status:  Unemployment rate
Type of data:        Percent
Age:                 16 years and over

Year

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Annual

1948

3.4

3.8

4.0

3.9

3.5

3.6

3.6

3.9

3.8

3.7

3.8

4.0

 

1949

4.3

4.7

5.0

5.3

6.1

6.2

6.7

6.8

6.6

7.9

6.4

6.6

 

1950

6.5

6.4

6.3

5.8

5.5

5.4

5.0

4.5

4.4

4.2

4.2

4.3

 

1951

3.7

3.4

3.4

3.1

3.0

3.2

3.1

3.1

3.3

3.5

3.5

3.1

 

1952

3.2

3.1

2.9

2.9

3.0

3.0

3.2

3.4

3.1

3.0

2.8

2.7

 

1953

2.9

2.6

2.6

2.7

2.5

2.5

2.6

2.7

2.9

3.1

3.5

4.5

 

1954

4.9

5.2

5.7

5.9

5.9

5.6

5.8

6.0

6.1

5.7

5.3

5.0

 

1955

4.9

4.7

4.6

4.7

4.3

4.2

4.0

4.2

4.1

4.3

4.2

4.2

 

1956

4.0

3.9

4.2

4.0

4.3

4.3

4.4

4.1

3.9

3.9

4.3

4.2

 

1957

4.2

3.9

3.7

3.9

4.1

4.3

4.2

4.1

4.4

4.5

5.1

5.2

 

1958

5.8

6.4

6.7

7.4

7.4

7.3

7.5

7.4

7.1

6.7

6.2

6.2

 

1959

6.0

5.9

5.6

5.2

5.1

5.0

5.1

5.2

5.5

5.7

5.8

5.3

 

1960

5.2

4.8

5.4

5.2

5.1

5.4

5.5

5.6

5.5

6.1

6.1

6.6

 

1961

6.6

6.9

6.9

7.0

7.1

6.9

7.0

6.6

6.7

6.5

6.1

6.0

 

1962

5.8

5.5

5.6

5.6

5.5

5.5

5.4

5.7

5.6

5.4

5.7

5.5

 

1963

5.7

5.9

5.7

5.7

5.9

5.6

5.6

5.4

5.5

5.5

5.7

5.5

 

1964

5.6

5.4

5.4

5.3

5.1

5.2

4.9

5.0

5.1

5.1

4.8

5.0

 

1965

4.9

5.1

4.7

4.8

4.6

4.6

4.4

4.4

4.3

4.2

4.1

4.0

 

1966

4.0

3.8

3.8

3.8

3.9

3.8

3.8

3.8

3.7

3.7

3.6

3.8

 

1967

3.9

3.8

3.8

3.8

3.8

3.9

3.8

3.8

3.8

4.0

3.9

3.8

 

1968

3.7

3.8

3.7

3.5

3.5

3.7

3.7

3.5

3.4

3.4

3.4

3.4

 

1969

3.4

3.4

3.4

3.4

3.4

3.5

3.5

3.5

3.7

3.7

3.5

3.5

 

1970

3.9

4.2

4.4

4.6

4.8

4.9

5.0

5.1

5.4

5.5

5.9

6.1

 

1971

5.9

5.9

6.0

5.9

5.9

5.9

6.0

6.1

6.0

5.8

6.0

6.0

 

1972

5.8

5.7

5.8

5.7

5.7

5.7

5.6

5.6

5.5

5.6

5.3

5.2

 

1973

4.9

5.0

4.9

5.0

4.9

4.9

4.8

4.8

4.8

4.6

4.8

4.9

 

1974

5.1

5.2

5.1

5.1

5.1

5.4

5.5

5.5

5.9

6.0

6.6

7.2

 

1975

8.1

8.1

8.6

8.8

9.0

8.8

8.6

8.4

8.4

8.4

8.3

8.2

 

1976

7.9

7.7

7.6

7.7

7.4

7.6

7.8

7.8

7.6

7.7

7.8

7.8

 

1977

7.5

7.6

7.4

7.2

7.0

7.2

6.9

7.0

6.8

6.8

6.8

6.4

 

1978

6.4

6.3

6.3

6.1

6.0

5.9

6.2

5.9

6.0

5.8

5.9

6.0

 

1979

5.9

5.9

5.8

5.8

5.6

5.7

5.7

6.0

5.9

6.0

5.9

6.0

 

1980

6.3

6.3

6.3

6.9

7.5

7.6

7.8

7.7

7.5

7.5

7.5

7.2

 

1981

7.5

7.4

7.4

7.2

7.5

7.5

7.2

7.4

7.6

7.9

8.3

8.5

 

1982

8.6

8.9

9.0

9.3

9.4

9.6

9.8

9.8

10.1

10.4

10.8

10.8

 

1983

10.4

10.4

10.3

10.2

10.1

10.1

9.4

9.5

9.2

8.8

8.5

8.3

 

1984

8.0

7.8

7.8

7.7

7.4

7.2

7.5

7.5

7.3

7.4

7.2

7.3

 

1985

7.3

7.2

7.2

7.3

7.2

7.4

7.4

7.1

7.1

7.1

7.0

7.0

 

1986

6.7

7.2

7.2

7.1

7.2

7.2

7.0

6.9

7.0

7.0

6.9

6.6

 

1987

6.6

6.6

6.6

6.3

6.3

6.2

6.1

6.0

5.9

6.0

5.8

5.7

 

1988

5.7

5.7

5.7

5.4

5.6

5.4

5.4

5.6

5.4

5.4

5.3

5.3

 

1989

5.4

5.2

5.0

5.2

5.2

5.3

5.2

5.2

5.3

5.3

5.4

5.4

 

1990

5.4

5.3

5.2

5.4

5.4

5.2

5.5

5.7

5.9

5.9

6.2

6.3

 

1991

6.4

6.6

6.8

6.7

6.9

6.9

6.8

6.9

6.9

7.0

7.0

7.3

 

1992

7.3

7.4

7.4

7.4

7.6

7.8

7.7

7.6

7.6

7.3

7.4

7.4

 

1993

7.3

7.1

7.0

7.1

7.1

7.0

6.9

6.8

6.7

6.8

6.6

6.5

 

1994

6.6

6.6

6.5

6.4

6.1

6.1

6.1

6.0

5.9

5.8

5.6

5.5

 

1995

5.6

5.4

5.4

5.8

5.6

5.6

5.7

5.7

5.6

5.5

5.6

5.6

 

1996

5.6

5.5

5.5

5.6

5.6

5.3

5.5

5.1

5.2

5.2

5.4

5.4

 

1997

5.3

5.2

5.2

5.1

4.9

5.0

4.9

4.8

4.9

4.7

4.6

4.7

 

1998

4.6

4.6

4.7

4.3

4.4

4.5

4.5

4.5

4.6

4.5

4.4

4.4

 

1999

4.3

4.4

4.2

4.3

4.2

4.3

4.3

4.2

4.2

4.1

4.1

4.0

 

2000

4.0

4.1

4.0

3.8

4.0

4.0

4.0

4.1

3.9

3.9

3.9

3.9

 

2001

4.2

4.2

4.3

4.4

4.3

4.5

4.6

4.9

5.0

5.3

5.5

5.7

 

2002

5.7

5.7

5.7

5.9

5.8

5.8

5.8

5.7

5.7

5.7

5.9

6.0

 

2003

5.8

5.9

5.9

6.0

6.1

6.3

6.2

6.1

6.1

6.0

5.8

5.7

 

2004

5.7

5.6

5.8

5.6

5.6

5.6

5.5

5.4

5.4

5.5

5.4

5.4

 

2005

5.2

5.4

5.2

5.2

5.1

5.1

5.0

4.9

5.0

5.0

5.0

4.8

 

2006

4.7

4.8

4.7

4.7

4.7

4.6

4.7

4.7

4.5

4.4

4.5

4.4

 

2007

4.6

4.5

4.4

4.5

4.5

4.6

4.7

4.7

4.7

4.8

4.7

4.9

 

2008

4.9

4.8

5.1

5.0

5.5

5.6

5.8

6.2

6.2

6.6

6.8

7.2

 

2009

7.6

8.1

8.5

8.9

9.4

9.5

9.4

 

 

 

 

 

 


Source: BLS