U.S. Unemployment Rate Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Research Date: January 15th, 2015

Unemployment (or joblessness) occurs when people are without work and actively seeking work. The unemployment rate is a measure of the prevalence of unemployment and it is calculated as a percentage by dividing the number of unemployed individuals by all individuals currently in the labor force. During periods of recession, an economy usually experiences a relatively high unemployment rate. According to International Labour Organization report, more than 197 million people globally are out of work or 6% of the world's workforce were without a job in 2012.

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Unemployment Statistics Data
Number of Americans who are unemployed 18,100,000
Number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits 10,200,000
Number of Americans who are unemployed for over 27 weeks 5,100,000
Male unemployment rate 6.3 %
Female unemployment rate 6 %
Black unemployment rate 12.4 %
Hispanic unemployment rate 8.9 %
Asian unemployment rate 3.4 %
Year Unemployment Rate
2014 6.1 %
2013 7.3 %
2012 7.8 %
2011 9.1 %
2010 9.6 %
2009 8.2 %
2008 4.9 %
2007 4.5 %
2006 4.7 %
2005 5.2 %
2000 4 %
1995 5.4 %
1992 7.3 %
1990 5.3 %
1985 7.2 %
1983 *Highest on Record 10.3 %
1980 6.2 %
1975 5.2 %
1970 4.1 %
1965 4.8 %
1960 5.1 %
1955 4.7 %
1952 *Lowest on Record 3 %
1920 6.4 %
1948 3.7 %
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