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United States Unemployment Rate

Last Release
Sep 2021
Actual
4.8 %
Forecast
N/A
Previous
5.2 %
Frequency
Monthly
Units In
%
Next Release
Nov 5, 2021
Time to Release
17 Days 18 Hours
Highest
Lowest
Average
Date Range
Source
14.7 %
Apr 2020
2.5 %
Jun 1953
5.77 %1948 - 2021U.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 dropped to 4.8 percent in September 2021, from 5.2 percent in the previous month and below market expectations of 5.1 percent. It was the lowest rate since March 2020, as many people left the labor force and the negative effects of Hurricane Ida and the Delta variant's summer spike started to fade. Still, the jobless rate remained well above the pre-crisis level of about 3.5 percent due to ongoing labor shortages but is seen declining further in the coming months as companies fill widespread vacancies and as more workers are expected to go back into the labor force.

United States Unemployment Rate History

Last 12 readings

Latest Releases and Calendar Events

DATETIMETITLE
Oct 8, 202112:31US Jobless Rate Falls More than Forecast
Oct 8, 202111:49US Jobless Rate Seen Falling to 5.1%
Sep 3, 202112:31US Jobless Rate Falls to Pandemic Low
Sep 3, 202109:38US Jobless Rate to Drop to 5.2%
Aug 6, 202112:32US Jobless Rate Falls More than Expected
Aug 6, 202107:54US Jobless Rate Seen Falling to a 16-Month Low of 5.7%
Jan 10, 202013:41US Jobless Rate Holds Near 50-Year Low

United States labour Indicators

All United States indicators
Indicator
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Adp Employment Change
568
Sep 2021
340
Aug 2021
-19,557
Apr 2020
4,314
Jun 2020
ThousandMonthly2001 - 2021
Average Hourly Earnings
0.6
Sep 2021
0.4
Aug 2021
-1.3
Jun 2020
4.7
Apr 2020
%Monthly2006 - 2021
Average Weekly Hours
34.8
Sep 2021
34.6
Aug 2021
33.7
Jun 2009
34.9
Jan 2021
HoursMonthly2006 - 2021
Challenger Job Cuts
17,895
Sep 2021
15,723
Aug 2021
15,100
Jun 1997
671,129
Apr 2020
PersonsMonthly1994 - 2021
Continuing Jobless Claims
2,593
Oct 2021
2,727
Sep 2021
988
May 1969
24,912
May 2020
ThousandWeekly1967 - 2021
Employment Rate
58.7
Sep 2021
58.5
Aug 2021
51.3
Apr 2020
64.7
Apr 2000
%Monthly1948 - 2021

Unemployment Rate across North America

Unemployment Rate global view
Country
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Canada
6.9
Sep 2021
7.1
Aug 2021
2.9
Jun 1966
13.7
May 2020
%Monthly1966 - 2021
Mexico
4.3
Aug 2021
4.4
Jul 2021
2.22
Jan 2001
6.42
Sep 2009
%Monthly1994 - 2021
Puerto Rico
9.1
Aug 2021
9.2
Jul 2021
7
Aug 2019
25.3
Jan 1983
%Monthly1976 - 2021
United States
4.8
Sep 2021
5.2
Aug 2021
2.5
Jun 1953
14.7
Apr 2020
%Monthly1948 - 2021

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