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United States Unemployment Rate

Last Release
Apr 30, 2022
Actual
3.6
Forecast
3.5
Previous
3.6
Frequency
Monthly
Units In
%
Next Release
Jun 03, 2022
Time to Release
9 Days 17 Hours
Highest
Lowest
Average
Date Range
Source
14.7
Apr 2020
2.5
May 1953
5.75 %1948-2022U.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.

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The US unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.6 percent in April of 2022, remaining the lowest since February 2020 and compared with market expectations of 3.5 percent. The number of unemployed people declined by 11 thousand to 5.941 million, while employment levels fell by 353 thousand to 158.105 million. Meanwhile, the labor force participation rate fell to a 3-month low of 62.2 percent in April, from 62.4 percent in March.

United States Unemployment Rate History

Last 12 readings

United States Labour Indicators

All United States indicators
Indicator
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Adp Employment Change
247
Apr 2022
479
Mar 2022
-19,392
Apr 2020
4,350
Jun 2020
ThousandMonthly2001-2022
Average Hourly Earnings
0.3
Apr 2022
0.5
Mar 2022
-1.3
Jun 2020
4.6
Apr 2020
%Monthly2006-2022
Average Hourly Earnings YoY
5.5
Apr 2022
5.6
Mar 2022
0.3
Apr 2021
8.2
Apr 2020
%Monthly2007-2022
Average Weekly Hours
34.6
Apr 2022
34.6
Mar 2022
33.7
Jun 2009
35
Jan 2021
HoursMonthly2006-2022
Challenger Job Cuts
24,286
Apr 2022
21,387
Mar 2022
14,875
Nov 2021
671,129
Apr 2020
PersonsMonthly1994-2022
Continuing Jobless Claims
1,317
May 2022
1,342
Apr 2022
988
May 1969
23,128
May 2020
ThousandWeekly1967-2022
Employment Cost Index
1.4
Mar 2022
1
Dec 2021
0.2
Jun 2015
2
Sep 1982
%Quarterly1982-2022
Employment Cost Index Benefits
1.8
Mar 2022
0.9
Dec 2021
0.1
Mar 1997
2.7
Sep 1982
N/A1982-2022
Employment Cost Index Wages
1.2
Mar 2022
1.1
Dec 2021
0.2
Jun 2015
1.6
Sep 1982
N/A1982-2022
Employment Rate
60
Apr 2022
60.1
Mar 2022
51.3
Apr 2020
64.7
Apr 2000
%Monthly1948-2022
Full Time Employment
132,067
Apr 2022
132,718
Mar 2022
64,640
Jan 1968
132,718
Mar 2022
ThousandMonthly1968-2022
Government Payrolls
22
Apr 2022
4
Mar 2022
-921
Apr 2020
452
Aug 2020
ThousandMonthly1939-2022
Initial Jobless Claims
218
May 2022
197
May 2022
162
Nov 1968
6,149
Apr 2020
ThousandWeekly1967-2022
Job Offers
11,549
Mar 2022
11,266
Feb 2022
2,232
Jul 2009
11,549
Mar 2022
ThousandMonthly2000-2022
Job Quits
4,536
Mar 2022
4,384
Feb 2022
1,555
Aug 2009
4,536
Mar 2022
ThousandMonthly2000-2022
Job Vacancies
11,352
Mar 2022
10,781
Feb 2022
2,157
Dec 2009
11,901
Jul 2021
ThousandMonthly2000-2022
Jobless Claims 4-week Average
199.5
May 2022
191.25
May 2022
170.5
Apr 2022
5,288.25
Apr 2020
ThousandWeekly1967-2022
Labor Force Participation Rate
62.2
Apr 2022
62.4
Mar 2022
58.1
Dec 1954
67.3
Jan 2000
%Monthly1948-2022
Labour Costs
126.74
Mar 2022
122.72
Dec 2021
17.01
Mar 1950
126.74
Mar 2022
PointsQuarterly1950-2022
Long Term Unemployment Rate
1.07
Feb 2022
1.03
Jan 2022
0.08
May 1953
4.4
Apr 2010
%Monthly1948-2022
Manufacturing Payrolls
55
Apr 2022
43
Mar 2022
-1,715
Sep 1945
655
Apr 1946
ThousandMonthly1939-2022
Minimum Wages
7.25
Dec 2022
7.25
Dec 2021
0.25
Dec 1938
7.25
Dec 2009
USD/HourYearly1938-2022
Non Farm Payrolls
428
Apr 2022
428
Mar 2022
-20,679
Apr 2020
4,846
Jun 2020
ThousandMonthly1939-2022
Nonfarm Payrolls Private
406
Apr 2022
424
Mar 2022
-19,572
Apr 2020
4,510
Jun 2020
ThousandMonthly1939-2022
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Claims
0.9
Dec 2021
1.55
Dec 2021
0.9
Dec 2021
1,352.29
May 2020
ThousandWeekly2020-2021
Part Time Employment
26,091
Apr 2022
25,902
Mar 2022
10,086
Jan 1968
28,134
Jul 2013
ThousandMonthly1968-2022
Population
329.48
Dec 2020
328.33
Dec 2019
76.09
Dec 1900
329.48
Dec 2020
MillionYearly1900-2020
Productivity
111
Mar 2022
113.13
Dec 2021
25.97
Mar 1950
113.13
Dec 2021
PointsQuarterly1950-2022
Retirement Age Men
66.17
Dec 2021
66
Dec 2020
66
Dec 2009
66.17
Dec 2021
Yearly2009-2021
Retirement Age Women
66.17
Dec 2021
66
Dec 2020
66
Dec 2009
66.17
Dec 2021
Yearly2009-2021
Unemployed Persons
5,941
Apr 2022
5,952
Mar 2022
1,596
May 1953
23,038
Apr 2020
ThousandMonthly1948-2022
Unemployment Rate
3.6
Apr 2022
3.6
Mar 2022
2.5
May 1953
14.7
Apr 2020
%Monthly1948-2022
Wage Growth
11.69
Mar 2022
9.16
Dec 2021
-5.88
Mar 2009
15.31
Apr 2021
%Monthly1960-2022
Wages
27.12
Apr 2022
27.06
Mar 2022
2.5
Jan 1964
27.12
Apr 2022
USD/HourMonthly1964-2022
Wages In Manufacturing
24.82
Apr 2022
24.68
Mar 2022
1.27
Jan 1950
24.82
Apr 2022
USD/HourMonthly1950-2022
Youth Unemployment Rate
7.9
Apr 2022
8.2
Mar 2022
4.8
May 1951
27.4
Apr 2020
%Monthly1948-2022

Unemployment Rate across North America

Unemployment Rate global view
Country
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Canada
5.2
Apr 2022
5.3
Mar 2022
2.9
Jun 1966
13.7
May 2020
% Monthly1966-2022
Mexico
3
Mar 2022
3.7
Feb 2022
2.22
Mar 1997
6.42
Sep 2009
% Monthly1994-2022
Puerto Rico
5.8
Apr 2022
5.8
Mar 2022
5.8
Mar 2022
25.3
Jan 1983
% Monthly1976-2022
United States
3.6
Apr 2022
3.6
Mar 2022
2.5
May 1953
14.7
Apr 2020
% Monthly1948-2022

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