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 StatisticsData
Number of Americans who are unemployed18,100,000
Number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits10,200,000
Number of Americans who are unemployed for over 27 weeks5,100,000
Male unemployment rate6.3 %
Female unemployment rate6 %
Black unemployment rate12.4 %
Hispanic unemployment rate8.9 %
Asian unemployment rate3.4 %
YearUnemployment Rate
20146.1 %
20137.3 %
20127.8 %
20119.1 %
20109.6 %
20098.2 %
20084.9 %
20074.5 %
20064.7 %
20055.2 %
20004 %
19955.4 %
19927.3 %
19905.3 %
19857.2 %
1983 *Highest on Record10.3 %
19806.2 %
19755.2 %
19704.1 %
19654.8 %
19605.1 %
19554.7 %
1952 *Lowest on Record3 %
19206.4 %
19483.7 %

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