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United States Unemployment Rate

Last Release
Aug 2020
Actual
8.4 %
Forecast
8.2 %
Previous
10.2 %
Frequency
Monthly
Units In
%
Next Release
Oct 2, 2020
Time to Release
5 Days 17 Hours
Highest
Lowest
Average
Date Range
Source
14.7 %
Apr 2020
2.5 %
Jun 1953
5.76 %1948 - 2020U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
In the United States, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force.

Latest Updates

The US unemployment rate held steady at 3.5 percent in December 2019, remaining at the lowest level since 1969 and matching market expectations. The number of unemployed people decreased by 58 thousand to 5.75 million while employment rose by 267 thousand to 158.80 million. The labor force participation rate was unchanged at 63.2 percent.

United States Unemployment Rate History

Last 12 readings

Latest Releases and Calendar Events

DATETIMETITLE
Jan 10, 202013:41US Jobless Rate Holds Near 50-Year Low
Dec 6, 201915:29US Jobless Rate Unexpectedly Falls to 3.5%
Nov 1, 201912:40US Jobless Rate Rises to 3.6% in October
Oct 4, 201912:39US Jobless Rate Falls to Lowest Since 1969
Sep 6, 201912:56US Jobless Rate Steady for 3rd Month at 3.7%
Aug 2, 201912:59US Jobless Rate Holds Steady at 3.7%
Jul 5, 201912:39US Jobless Rate Unexpectedly Rises to 3.7%

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United States labour Indicators

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Indicator
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Adp Employment Change
428
Aug 2020
212
Jul 2020
-19,557
Apr 2020
4,314
Jun 2020
ThousandMonthly2001 - 2020
Average Hourly Earnings
0.4
Aug 2020
0.1
Jul 2020
-1.3
Jun 2020
4.7
Apr 2020
%Monthly2006 - 2020
Average Weekly Hours
34.6
Aug 2020
34.5
Jul 2020
33.7
Jun 2009
34.7
May 2020
HoursMonthly2006 - 2020
Challenger Job Cuts
115,762
Aug 2020
262,649
Jul 2020
15,100
Jun 1997
671,129
Apr 2020
PersonsMonthly1994 - 2020
Continuing Jobless Claims
12,580
Sep 2020
12,747
Sep 2020
988
May 1969
24,912
May 2020
ThousandWeekly1967 - 2020
Employment Rate
56.5
Aug 2020
55.1
Jul 2020
51.3
Apr 2020
64.7
Apr 2000
%Monthly1948 - 2020

Unemployment Rate across North America

Unemployment Rate global view
Country
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Canada
10.2
Aug 2020
10.9
Jul 2020
2.9
Jun 1966
13.7
May 2020
%Monthly1966 - 2020
Mexico
2.9
Mar 2020
3.6
Feb 2020
2.22
Jan 2001
6.42
Sep 2009
%Monthly1994 - 2020
Puerto Rico
8.5
Jun 2020
9.1
Dec 2019
7
Aug 2019
25.3
Jan 1983
%Monthly1976 - 2020
United States
8.4
Aug 2020
10.2
Jul 2020
2.5
Jun 1953
14.7
Apr 2020
%Monthly1948 - 2020

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