United States Unemployment Rate

Last Release
Feb 2020
Actual
3.5 %
Forecast
3.8 %
Previous
3.6 %
Frequency
Monthly
Units In
%
Next Release
Apr 3, 2020
Time to Release
1 Days 11 Hours
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Highest
Lowest
Average
Date Range
Source
10.8 %
Dec 1982
2.5 %
Jun 1953
5.73 %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.

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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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Indicator
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Adp Employment Change
183
Feb 2020
209
Jan 2020
-835
Feb 2009
314
Feb 2012
ThousandMonthly2001 - 2020
Average Hourly Earnings
0.3
Feb 2020
0.3
Feb 2020
-0.2
May 2006
0.6
Nov 2008
%Monthly2006 - 2020
Average Weekly Hours
34.4
Feb 2020
34.4
Feb 2020
33.7
Jun 2009
34.6
Oct 2015
HoursMonthly2006 - 2020
Challenger Job Cuts
56,660
Feb 2020
67,735
Jan 2020
15,100
Jun 1997
248,475
Jan 2002
PersonsMonthly1994 - 2020
Continuing Jobless Claims
1,803
Mar 2020
1,702
Mar 2020
988
May 1969
6,635
May 2009
ThousandWeekly1967 - 2020
Employment Rate
61.1
Feb 2020
61.2
Jan 2020
54.9
Oct 1949
64.7
Apr 2000
%Monthly1948 - 2020

Unemployment Rate across North America

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Country
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Canada
5.6
Feb 2020
5.5
Jan 2020
2.9
Jun 1966
13.1
Dec 1982
%Monthly1966 - 2020
Mexico
3.6
Feb 2020
3.8
Jan 2020
2.22
Jan 2001
6.42
Sep 2009
%Monthly1994 - 2020
Puerto Rico
9.1
Dec 2019
8.5
Nov 2019
7
Aug 2019
25.3
Jan 1983
%Monthly1976 - 2019
United States
3.5
Feb 2020
3.6
Jan 2020
2.5
Jun 1953
10.8
Dec 1982
%Monthly1948 - 2020

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