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Unemployment

ECONOMIC INDICATOR

Monthly Values (%): January '48 - August '17

Current
+/- 1 standard deviation of US Unemployment Rate - Seasonally Adjusted figures fall into this range.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 '48 '50 '55 '60 '65 '70 '75 '80 '85 '90 '95 '00 '05 '10 '15 '17 3.40 Jan '48 3.80 Feb '48 4.00 Mar '48 3.90 Apr '48 3.50 May '48 3.60 Jun '48 3.60 Jul '48 3.90 Aug '48 3.80 Sep '48 3.70 Oct '48 3.80 Nov '48 4.00 Dec '48 4.30 Jan '49 4.70 Feb '49 5.00 Mar '49 5.30 Apr '49 6.10 May '49 6.20 Jun '49 6.70 Jul '49 6.80 Aug '49 6.60 Sep '49 7.90 Oct '49 6.40 Nov '49 6.60 Dec '49 6.50 Jan '50 6.40 Feb '50 6.30 Mar '50 5.80 Apr '50 5.50 May '50 5.40 Jun '50 5.00 Jul '50 4.50 Aug '50 4.40 Sep '50 4.20 Oct '50 4.20 Nov '50 4.30 Dec '50 3.70 Jan '51 3.40 Feb '51 3.40 Mar '51 3.10 Apr '51 3.00 May '51 3.20 Jun '51 3.10 Jul '51 3.10 Aug '51 3.30 Sep '51 3.50 Oct '51 3.50 Nov '51 3.10 Dec '51 3.20 Jan '52 3.10 Feb '52 2.90 Mar '52 2.90 Apr '52 3.00 May '52 3.00 Jun '52 3.20 Jul '52 3.40 Aug '52 3.10 Sep '52 3.00 Oct '52 2.80 Nov '52 2.70 Dec '52 2.90 Jan '53 2.60 Feb '53 2.60 Mar '53 2.70 Apr '53 2.50 May '53 2.50 Jun '53 2.60 Jul '53 2.70 Aug '53 2.90 Sep '53 3.10 Oct '53 3.50 Nov '53 4.50 Dec '53 4.90 Jan '54 5.20 Feb '54 5.70 Mar '54 5.90 Apr '54 5.90 May '54 5.60 Jun '54 5.80 Jul '54 6.00 Aug '54 6.10 Sep '54 5.70 Oct '54 5.30 Nov '54 5.00 Dec '54 4.90 Jan '55 4.70 Feb '55 4.60 Mar '55 4.70 Apr '55 4.30 May '55 4.20 Jun '55 4.00 Jul '55 4.20 Aug '55 4.10 Sep '55 4.30 Oct '55 4.20 Nov '55 4.20 Dec '55 4.00 Jan '56 3.90 Feb '56 4.20 Mar '56 4.00 Apr '56 4.30 May '56 4.30 Jun '56 4.40 Jul '56 4.10 Aug '56 3.90 Sep '56 3.90 Oct '56 4.30 Nov '56 4.20 Dec '56 4.20 Jan '57 3.90 Feb '57 3.70 Mar '57 3.90 Apr '57 4.10 May '57 4.30 Jun '57 4.20 Jul '57 4.10 Aug '57 4.40 Sep '57 4.50 Oct '57 5.10 Nov '57 5.20 Dec '57 5.80 Jan '58 6.40 Feb '58 6.70 Mar '58 7.40 Apr '58 7.40 May '58 7.30 Jun '58 7.50 Jul '58 7.40 Aug '58 7.10 Sep '58 6.70 Oct '58 6.20 Nov '58 6.20 Dec '58 6.00 Jan '59 5.90 Feb '59 5.60 Mar '59 5.20 Apr '59 5.10 May '59 5.00 Jun '59 5.10 Jul '59 5.20 Aug '59 5.50 Sep '59 5.70 Oct '59 5.80 Nov '59 5.30 Dec '59 5.20 Jan '60 4.80 Feb '60 5.40 Mar '60 5.20 Apr '60 5.10 May '60 5.40 Jun '60 5.50 Jul '60 5.60 Aug '60 5.50 Sep '60 6.10 Oct '60 6.10 Nov '60 6.60 Dec '60 6.60 Jan '61 6.90 Feb '61 6.90 Mar '61 7.00 Apr '61 7.10 May '61 6.90 Jun '61 7.00 Jul '61 6.60 Aug '61 6.70 Sep '61 6.50 Oct '61 6.10 Nov '61 6.00 Dec '61 5.80 Jan '62 5.50 Feb '62 5.60 Mar '62 5.60 Apr '62 5.50 May '62 5.50 Jun '62 5.40 Jul '62 5.70 Aug '62 5.60 Sep '62 5.40 Oct '62 5.70 Nov '62 5.50 Dec '62 5.70 Jan '63 5.90 Feb '63 5.70 Mar '63 5.70 Apr '63 5.90 May '63 5.60 Jun '63 5.60 Jul '63 5.40 Aug '63 5.50 Sep '63 5.50 Oct '63 5.70 Nov '63 5.50 Dec '63 5.60 Jan '64 5.40 Feb '64 5.40 Mar '64 5.30 Apr '64 5.10 May '64 5.20 Jun '64 4.90 Jul '64 5.00 Aug '64 5.10 Sep '64 5.10 Oct '64 4.80 Nov '64 5.00 Dec '64 4.90 Jan '65 5.10 Feb '65 4.70 Mar '65 4.80 Apr '65 4.60 May '65 4.60 Jun '65 4.40 Jul '65 4.40 Aug '65 4.30 Sep '65 4.20 Oct '65 4.10 Nov '65 4.00 Dec '65 4.00 Jan '66 3.80 Feb '66 3.80 Mar '66 3.80 Apr '66 3.90 May '66 3.80 Jun '66 3.80 Jul '66 3.80 Aug '66 3.70 Sep '66 3.70 Oct '66 3.60 Nov '66 3.80 Dec '66 3.90 Jan '67 3.80 Feb '67 3.80 Mar '67 3.80 Apr '67 3.80 May '67 3.90 Jun '67 3.80 Jul '67 3.80 Aug '67 3.80 Sep '67 4.00 Oct '67 3.90 Nov '67 3.80 Dec '67 3.70 Jan '68 3.80 Feb '68 3.70 Mar '68 3.50 Apr '68 3.50 May '68 3.70 Jun '68 3.70 Jul '68 3.50 Aug '68 3.40 Sep '68 3.40 Oct '68 3.40 Nov '68 3.40 Dec '68 3.40 Jan '69 3.40 Feb '69 3.40 Mar '69 3.40 Apr '69 3.40 May '69 3.50 Jun '69 3.50 Jul '69 3.50 Aug '69 3.70 Sep '69 3.70 Oct '69 3.50 Nov '69 3.50 Dec '69 3.90 Jan '70 4.20 Feb '70 4.40 Mar '70 4.60 Apr '70 4.80 May '70 4.90 Jun '70 5.00 Jul '70 5.10 Aug '70 5.40 Sep '70 5.50 Oct '70 5.90 Nov '70 6.10 Dec '70 5.90 Jan '71 5.90 Feb '71 6.00 Mar '71 5.90 Apr '71 5.90 May '71 5.90 Jun '71 6.00 Jul '71 6.10 Aug '71 6.00 Sep '71 5.80 Oct '71 6.00 Nov '71 6.00 Dec '71 5.80 Jan '72 5.70 Feb '72 5.80 Mar '72 5.70 Apr '72 5.70 May '72 5.70 Jun '72 5.60 Jul '72 5.60 Aug '72 5.50 Sep '72 5.60 Oct '72 5.30 Nov '72 5.20 Dec '72 4.90 Jan '73 5.00 Feb '73 4.90 Mar '73 5.00 Apr '73 4.90 May '73 4.90 Jun '73 4.80 Jul '73 4.80 Aug '73 4.80 Sep '73 4.60 Oct '73 4.80 Nov '73 4.90 Dec '73 5.10 Jan '74 5.20 Feb '74 5.10 Mar '74 5.10 Apr '74 5.10 May '74 5.40 Jun '74 5.50 Jul '74 5.50 Aug '74 5.90 Sep '74 6.00 Oct '74 6.60 Nov '74 7.20 Dec '74 8.10 Jan '75 8.10 Feb '75 8.60 Mar '75 8.80 Apr '75 9.00 May '75 8.80 Jun '75 8.60 Jul '75 8.40 Aug '75 8.40 Sep '75 8.40 Oct '75 8.30 Nov '75 8.20 Dec '75 7.90 Jan '76 7.70 Feb '76 7.60 Mar '76 7.70 Apr '76 7.40 May '76 7.60 Jun '76 7.80 Jul '76 7.80 Aug '76 7.60 Sep '76 7.70 Oct '76 7.80 Nov '76 7.80 Dec '76 7.50 Jan '77 7.60 Feb '77 7.40 Mar '77 7.20 Apr '77 7.00 May '77 7.20 Jun '77 6.90 Jul '77 7.00 Aug '77 6.80 Sep '77 6.80 Oct '77 6.80 Nov '77 6.40 Dec '77 6.40 Jan '78 6.30 Feb '78 6.30 Mar '78 6.10 Apr '78 6.00 May '78 5.90 Jun '78 6.20 Jul '78 5.90 Aug '78 6.00 Sep '78 5.80 Oct '78 5.90 Nov '78 6.00 Dec '78 5.90 Jan '79 5.90 Feb '79 5.80 Mar '79 5.80 Apr '79 5.60 May '79 5.70 Jun '79 5.70 Jul '79 6.00 Aug '79 5.90 Sep '79 6.00 Oct '79 5.90 Nov '79 6.00 Dec '79 6.30 Jan '80 6.30 Feb '80 6.30 Mar '80 6.90 Apr '80 7.50 May '80 7.60 Jun '80 7.80 Jul '80 7.70 Aug '80 7.50 Sep '80 7.50 Oct '80 7.50 Nov '80 7.20 Dec '80 7.50 Jan '81 7.40 Feb '81 7.40 Mar '81 7.20 Apr '81 7.50 May '81 7.50 Jun '81 7.20 Jul '81 7.40 Aug '81 7.60 Sep '81 7.90 Oct '81 8.30 Nov '81 8.50 Dec '81 8.60 Jan '82 8.90 Feb '82 9.00 Mar '82 9.30 Apr '82 9.40 May '82 9.60 Jun '82 9.80 Jul '82 9.80 Aug '82 10.10 Sep '82 10.40 Oct '82 10.80 Nov '82 10.80 Dec '82 10.40 Jan '83 10.40 Feb '83 10.30 Mar '83 10.20 Apr '83 10.10 May '83 10.10 Jun '83 9.40 Jul '83 9.50 Aug '83 9.20 Sep '83 8.80 Oct '83 8.50 Nov '83 8.30 Dec '83 8.00 Jan '84 7.80 Feb '84 7.80 Mar '84 7.70 Apr '84 7.40 May '84 7.20 Jun '84 7.50 Jul '84 7.50 Aug '84 7.30 Sep '84 7.40 Oct '84 7.20 Nov '84 7.30 Dec '84 7.30 Jan '85 7.20 Feb '85 7.20 Mar '85 7.30 Apr '85 7.20 May '85 7.40 Jun '85 7.40 Jul '85 7.10 Aug '85 7.10 Sep '85 7.10 Oct '85 7.00 Nov '85 7.00 Dec '85 6.70 Jan '86 7.20 Feb '86 7.20 Mar '86 7.10 Apr '86 7.20 May '86 7.20 Jun '86 7.00 Jul '86 6.90 Aug '86 7.00 Sep '86 7.00 Oct '86 6.90 Nov '86 6.60 Dec '86 6.60 Jan '87 6.60 Feb '87 6.60 Mar '87 6.30 Apr '87 6.30 May '87 6.20 Jun '87 6.10 Jul '87 6.00 Aug '87 5.90 Sep '87 6.00 Oct '87 5.80 Nov '87 5.70 Dec '87 5.70 Jan '88 5.70 Feb '88 5.70 Mar '88 5.40 Apr '88 5.60 May '88 5.40 Jun '88 5.40 Jul '88 5.60 Aug '88 5.40 Sep '88 5.40 Oct '88 5.30 Nov '88 5.30 Dec '88 5.40 Jan '89 5.20 Feb '89 5.00 Mar '89 5.20 Apr '89 5.20 May '89 5.30 Jun '89 5.20 Jul '89 5.20 Aug '89 5.30 Sep '89 5.30 Oct '89 5.40 Nov '89 5.40 Dec '89 5.40 Jan '90 5.30 Feb '90 5.20 Mar '90 5.40 Apr '90 5.40 May '90 5.20 Jun '90 5.50 Jul '90 5.70 Aug '90 5.90 Sep '90 5.90 Oct '90 6.20 Nov '90 6.30 Dec '90 6.40 Jan '91 6.60 Feb '91 6.80 Mar '91 6.70 Apr '91 6.90 May '91 6.90 Jun '91 6.80 Jul '91 6.90 Aug '91 6.90 Sep '91 7.00 Oct '91 7.00 Nov '91 7.30 Dec '91 7.30 Jan '92 7.40 Feb '92 7.40 Mar '92 7.40 Apr '92 7.60 May '92 7.80 Jun '92 7.70 Jul '92 7.60 Aug '92 7.60 Sep '92 7.30 Oct '92 7.40 Nov '92 7.40 Dec '92 7.30 Jan '93 7.10 Feb '93 7.00 Mar '93 7.10 Apr '93 7.10 May '93 7.00 Jun '93 6.90 Jul '93 6.80 Aug '93 6.70 Sep '93 6.80 Oct '93 6.60 Nov '93 6.50 Dec '93 6.60 Jan '94 6.60 Feb '94 6.50 Mar '94 6.40 Apr '94 6.10 May '94 6.10 Jun '94 6.10 Jul '94 6.00 Aug '94 5.90 Sep '94 5.80 Oct '94 5.60 Nov '94 5.50 Dec '94 5.60 Jan '95 5.40 Feb '95 5.40 Mar '95 5.80 Apr '95 5.60 May '95 5.60 Jun '95 5.70 Jul '95 5.70 Aug '95 5.60 Sep '95 5.50 Oct '95 5.60 Nov '95 5.60 Dec '95 5.60 Jan '96 5.50 Feb '96 5.50 Mar '96 5.60 Apr '96 5.60 May '96 5.30 Jun '96 5.50 Jul '96 5.10 Aug '96 5.20 Sep '96 5.20 Oct '96 5.40 Nov '96 5.40 Dec '96 5.30 Jan '97 5.20 Feb '97 5.20 Mar '97 5.10 Apr '97 4.90 May '97 5.00 Jun '97 4.90 Jul '97 4.80 Aug '97 4.90 Sep '97 4.70 Oct '97 4.60 Nov '97 4.70 Dec '97 4.60 Jan '98 4.60 Feb '98 4.70 Mar '98 4.30 Apr '98 4.40 May '98 4.50 Jun '98 4.50 Jul '98 4.50 Aug '98 4.60 Sep '98 4.50 Oct '98 4.40 Nov '98 4.40 Dec '98 4.30 Jan '99 4.40 Feb '99 4.20 Mar '99 4.30 Apr '99 4.20 May '99 4.30 Jun '99 4.30 Jul '99 4.20 Aug '99 4.20 Sep '99 4.10 Oct '99 4.10 Nov '99 4.00 Dec '99 4.00 Jan '00 4.10 Feb '00 4.00 Mar '00 3.80 Apr '00 4.00 May '00 4.00 Jun '00 4.00 Jul '00 4.10 Aug '00 3.90 Sep '00 3.90 Oct '00 3.90 Nov '00 3.90 Dec '00 4.20 Jan '01 4.20 Feb '01 4.30 Mar '01 4.40 Apr '01 4.30 May '01 4.50 Jun '01 4.60 Jul '01 4.90 Aug '01 5.00 Sep '01 5.30 Oct '01 5.50 Nov '01 5.70 Dec '01 5.70 Jan '02 5.70 Feb '02 5.70 Mar '02 5.90 Apr '02 5.80 May '02 5.80 Jun '02 5.80 Jul '02 5.70 Aug '02 5.70 Sep '02 5.70 Oct '02 5.90 Nov '02 6.00 Dec '02 5.80 Jan '03 5.90 Feb '03 5.90 Mar '03 6.00 Apr '03 6.10 May '03 6.30 Jun '03 6.20 Jul '03 6.10 Aug '03 6.10 Sep '03 6.00 Oct '03 5.80 Nov '03 5.70 Dec '03 5.70 Jan '04 5.60 Feb '04 5.80 Mar '04 5.60 Apr '04 5.60 May '04 5.60 Jun '04 5.50 Jul '04 5.40 Aug '04 5.40 Sep '04 5.50 Oct '04 5.40 Nov '04 5.40 Dec '04 5.30 Jan '05 5.40 Feb '05 5.20 Mar '05 5.20 Apr '05 5.10 May '05 5.00 Jun '05 5.00 Jul '05 4.90 Aug '05 5.00 Sep '05 5.00 Oct '05 5.00 Nov '05 4.90 Dec '05 4.70 Jan '06 4.80 Feb '06 4.70 Mar '06 4.70 Apr '06 4.60 May '06 4.60 Jun '06 4.70 Jul '06 4.70 Aug '06 4.50 Sep '06 4.40 Oct '06 4.50 Nov '06 4.40 Dec '06 4.60 Jan '07 4.50 Feb '07 4.40 Mar '07 4.50 Apr '07 4.40 May '07 4.60 Jun '07 4.70 Jul '07 4.60 Aug '07 4.70 Sep '07 4.70 Oct '07 4.70 Nov '07 5.00 Dec '07 5.00 Jan '08 4.90 Feb '08 5.10 Mar '08 5.00 Apr '08 5.40 May '08 5.60 Jun '08 5.80 Jul '08 6.10 Aug '08 6.10 Sep '08 6.50 Oct '08 6.80 Nov '08 7.30 Dec '08 7.80 Jan '09 8.30 Feb '09 8.70 Mar '09 9.00 Apr '09 9.40 May '09 9.50 Jun '09 9.50 Jul '09 9.60 Aug '09 9.80 Sep '09 10.00 Oct '09 9.90 Nov '09 9.90 Dec '09 9.80 Jan '10 9.80 Feb '10 9.90 Mar '10 9.90 Apr '10 9.60 May '10 9.40 Jun '10 9.40 Jul '10 9.50 Aug '10 9.50 Sep '10 9.40 Oct '10 9.80 Nov '10 9.30 Dec '10 9.10 Jan '11 9.00 Feb '11 9.00 Mar '11 9.10 Apr '11 9.00 May '11 9.10 Jun '11 9.00 Jul '11 9.00 Aug '11 9.00 Sep '11 8.80 Oct '11 8.60 Nov '11 8.50 Dec '11 8.30 Jan '12 8.30 Feb '12 8.20 Mar '12 8.20 Apr '12 8.20 May '12 8.20 Jun '12 8.20 Jul '12 8.10 Aug '12 7.80 Sep '12 7.80 Oct '12 7.70 Nov '12 7.90 Dec '12 8.00 Jan '13 7.70 Feb '13 7.50 Mar '13 7.60 Apr '13 7.50 May '13 7.50 Jun '13 7.30 Jul '13 7.30 Aug '13 7.20 Sep '13 7.20 Oct '13 6.90 Nov '13 6.70 Dec '13 6.60 Jan '14 6.70 Feb '14 6.70 Mar '14 6.20 Apr '14 6.30 May '14 6.10 Jun '14 6.20 Jul '14 6.20 Aug '14 5.90 Sep '14 5.70 Oct '14 5.80 Nov '14 5.60 Dec '14 5.70 Jan '15 5.50 Feb '15 5.40 Mar '15 5.40 Apr '15 5.50 May '15 5.30 Jun '15 5.20 Jul '15 5.10 Aug '15 5.00 Sep '15 5.00 Oct '15 5.00 Nov '15 5.00 Dec '15 4.90 Jan '16 4.90 Feb '16 5.00 Mar '16 5.00 Apr '16 4.70 May '16 4.90 Jun '16 4.90 Jul '16 4.90 Aug '16 4.90 Sep '16 4.80 Oct '16 4.60 Nov '16 4.70 Dec '16 4.80 Jan '17 4.70 Feb '17 4.50 Mar '17 4.40 Apr '17 4.30 May '17 4.40 Jun '17 4.30 Jul '17 4.40 Aug '17 4.40

12 month trend

'16 S O N D '17 J F M A M J J A
Date Value
Sept '16 4.90
Oct '16 4.80
Nov '16 4.60
Dec '16 4.70
Jan '17 4.80
Feb '17 4.70
Mar '17 4.50
Apr '17 4.40
May '17 4.30
Jun '17 4.40
Jul '17 4.30
Aug '17 4.40

Data represents historical month end values

What is it?

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics measures employment and unemployment of all persons over the age of 15 using two different labor force surveys conducted by the United States Census Bureau (within the United States Department of Commerce) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (within the United States Department of Labor) that gather employment statistics monthly. The data reported here is seasonally adjusted (SA) to account for seasonal gains in employment leading up to Christmas.

Why is it important?

  • Employment reflects the health of the businesses in the economy. Businesses in a strong economy hire to meet demand for their goods or services which rise with improved economic conditions.

How do we interpret it?

  • Rising value levels indicate increasing unemployment. Decreasing value levels indicate the opposite.

Typical historical range

  • As of December 31, 2016, +/- 1 standard deviation* of historical month-end values have ranged from 4.17% to 7.45%.1
Footnotes

Data Source: Factset