Record unemployment among older workers does not keep them out of the job market

Chart 1. Unemployment rates for civilian workers, by age, seasonally adjusted, 1948-2010
Reference month Unemployment rate
16-24 years 25-54 years 55 years and older

January 1948

6.8 2.5 2.9

February 1948

7.7 2.9 3.1

March 1948

8.7 2.8 3.0

April 1948

7.8 3.0 3.0

May 1948

6.7 2.7 3.1

June 1948

7.3 2.7 2.8

July 1948

7.5 2.6 2.8

August 1948

7.1 3.1 3.3

September 1948

6.7 3.1 3.2

October 1948

6.4 2.9 3.2

November 1948(1)

6.8 2.9 3.7

December 1948(1)

7.2 3.0 3.9

January 1949(1)

8.0 3.4 3.5

February 1949(1)

8.7 3.7 4.0

March 1949(1)

9.3 3.8 4.3

April 1949(1)

10.0 4.2 4.4

May 1949(1)

11.0 4.8 5.3

June 1949(1)

11.2 5.0 5.3

July 1949(1)

11.9 5.3 6.1

August 1949(1)

12.5 5.3 6.2

September 1949(1)

11.8 5.2 6.3

October 1949(1)

12.9 6.7 5.9

November 1949

11.4 5.3 5.5

December 1949

11.6 5.4 5.5

January 1950

12.2 5.1 5.3

February 1950

11.8 5.1 5.2

March 1950

10.9 5.1 5.3

April 1950

9.7 4.7 5.5

May 1950

10.0 4.6 4.7

June 1950

9.3 4.3 5.5

July 1950

8.7 4.2 4.3

August 1950

8.0 3.6 4.0

September 1950

8.7 3.5 3.8

October 1950

6.9 3.3 4.1

November 1950

7.1 3.4 4.0

December 1950

7.4 3.4 4.2

January 1951

5.9 3.0 3.8

February 1951

5.5 2.8 3.8

March 1951

5.8 2.7 3.1

April 1951

5.5 2.5 3.1

May 1951

4.8 2.6 2.9

June 1951

5.7 2.6 3.1

July 1951

5.9 2.5 2.7

August 1951

5.4 2.7 2.4

September 1951

5.8 2.9 2.7

October 1951

5.7 2.9 3.6

November 1951

6.6 2.8 3.3

December 1951

5.3 2.7 2.8

January 1952

6.2 2.5 2.5

February 1952

6.0 2.6 2.6

March 1952

5.9 2.3 2.6

April 1952

5.8 2.3 2.6

May 1952

6.3 2.3 2.7

June 1952

6.0 2.5 2.5

July 1952

6.4 2.6 2.8

August 1952

6.4 2.7 3.0

September 1952

7.1 2.3 2.7

October 1952

6.3 2.3 2.3

November 1952

5.9 2.3 2.1

December 1952

5.9 2.0 2.3

January 1953

5.2 2.4 2.5

February 1953

4.9 2.0 2.6

March 1953

5.3 2.0 2.5

April 1953

5.6 2.2 2.4

May 1953

4.8 2.2 2.0

June 1953

5.4 2.1 2.0

July 1953(1)

5.2 2.0 2.7

August 1953(1)

6.1 1.9 2.3

September 1953(1)

6.0 2.3 2.8

October 1953(1)

6.6 2.6 2.4

November 1953(1)

7.1 2.9 3.1

December 1953(1)

9.8 3.6 3.5

January 1954(1)

10.2 4.0 3.6

February 1954(1)

11.1 4.3 3.8

March 1954(1)

10.8 4.7 4.6

April 1954(1)

11.4 4.9 4.7

May 1954(1)

11.1 5.2 4.7

June 1954

9.5 5.1 4.6

July 1954

10.7 5.0 4.6

August 1954

11.1 5.2 4.6

September 1954

12.1 5.3 4.5

October 1954

10.4 5.1 4.7

November 1954

10.3 4.5 4.7

December 1954

10.0 4.1 4.4

January 1955

9.6 3.9 4.6

February 1955

9.0 3.8 4.2

March 1955

8.6 3.8 3.9

April 1955

8.6 4.1 3.9

May 1955

8.7 3.4 4.0

June 1955

8.7 3.2 4.1

July 1955

8.5 3.1 3.7

August 1955

8.6 3.2 4.1

September 1955

9.0 3.1 3.8

October 1955

8.4 3.4 4.5

November 1955

8.4 3.3 3.7

December 1955

8.2 3.3 3.8

January 1956

8.1 3.2 3.4

February 1956

8.0 3.2 3.4

March 1956

8.7 3.4 3.2

April 1956

8.4 3.1 3.6

May 1956

9.0 3.3 3.7

June 1956

9.2 3.3 3.7

July 1956

8.9 3.6 3.5

August 1956

8.1 3.3 3.1

September 1956

7.8 3.3 3.2

October 1956

8.1 3.1 3.2

November 1956

9.0 3.4 3.5

December 1956

8.3 3.5 3.5

January 1957

8.8 3.3 3.2

February 1957

8.4 3.1 3.3

March 1957

8.0 2.9 3.2

April 1957

8.5 3.1 3.1

May 1957

8.6 3.1 3.5

June 1957

9.1 3.4 3.3

July 1957

8.6 3.3 3.3

August 1957(1)

8.9 3.2 3.2

September 1957(1)

8.8 3.6 3.5

October 1957(1)

8.8 3.8 3.6

November 1957(1)

10.9 4.1 3.8

December 1957(1)

10.4 4.3 3.9

January 1958(1)

11.7 4.8 4.1

February 1958(1)

12.4 5.6 4.6

March 1958(1)

12.7 5.8 4.9

April 1958(1)

14.5 6.4 5.2

May 1958

13.8 6.4 5.1

June 1958

13.2 6.5 5.2

July 1958

14.5 6.4 5.3

August 1958

13.5 6.4 5.8

September 1958

13.9 5.8 5.6

October 1958

13.0 5.6 5.6

November 1958

12.0 5.0 5.2

December 1958

12.1 5.1 5.3

January 1959

11.6 4.9 4.8

February 1959

11.1 4.9 4.8

March 1959

11.1 4.6 4.5

April 1959

10.8 4.2 4.3

May 1959

10.0 4.1 4.4

June 1959

10.5 4.0 3.9

July 1959

10.5 4.1 4.3

August 1959

11.2 4.2 3.8

September 1959

11.3 4.4 4.2

October 1959

11.5 4.6 4.5

November 1959

11.3 4.8 4.4

December 1959

11.1 4.2 4.3

January 1960

10.9 4.1 4.2

February 1960

10.2 3.8 3.9

March 1960

11.5 4.2 4.2

April 1960(1)

10.9 4.1 4.0

May 1960(1)

10.7 4.0 3.7

June 1960(1)

11.0 4.3 4.1

July 1960(1)

10.8 4.5 4.0

August 1960(1)

11.4 4.6 4.3

September 1960(1)

11.0 4.6 4.0

October 1960(1)

11.8 5.1 4.5

November 1960(1)

12.0 5.2 4.3

December 1960(1)

13.0 5.6 4.5

January 1961(1)

13.0 5.4 4.9

February 1961(1)

13.3 5.7 4.9

March 1961

13.4 5.6 5.2

April 1961

14.3 5.5 5.5

May 1961

13.1 6.0 5.5

June 1961

13.1 5.7 5.5

July 1961

13.4 5.7 5.9

August 1961

13.0 5.3 5.6

September 1961

13.1 5.2 5.7

October 1961

12.8 5.2 5.3

November 1961

12.0 4.9 4.7

December 1961

11.9 4.7 4.9

January 1962

12.0 4.6 4.5

February 1962

11.6 4.4 4.0

March 1962

11.6 4.4 3.9

April 1962

11.2 4.6 3.8

May 1962

11.0 4.3 4.3

June 1962

10.5 4.5 4.1

July 1962

11.1 4.3 3.9

August 1962

11.9 4.4 4.3

September 1962

11.3 4.4 4.5

October 1962

11.1 4.0 4.7

November 1962

11.9 4.3 4.7

December 1962

11.1 4.3 4.5

January 1963

11.6 4.6 4.2

February 1963

12.4 4.6 4.4

March 1963

12.0 4.5 4.0

April 1963

12.0 4.4 4.2

May 1963

12.7 4.4 4.4

June 1963

12.2 4.1 4.2

July 1963

12.6 4.2 3.9

August 1963

11.8 4.2 3.6

September 1963

12.5 4.0 3.8

October 1963

12.5 4.0 3.9

November 1963

12.5 4.4 4.1

December 1963

11.7 4.1 4.2

January 1964

12.1 4.1 4.0

February 1964

11.8 3.9 4.2

March 1964

11.8 4.0 4.0

April 1964

11.9 4.0 3.9

May 1964

11.6 3.6 3.7

June 1964

11.7 3.7 3.7

July 1964

10.7 3.6 3.5

August 1964

11.5 3.6 3.6

September 1964

11.1 3.5 4.0

October 1964

11.4 3.6 3.8

November 1964

10.8 3.6 3.2

December 1964

11.4 3.7 3.0

January 1965

11.1 3.5 3.1

February 1965

11.2 3.7 3.5

March 1965

10.6 3.4 3.3

April 1965

11.1 3.3 3.5

May 1965

10.3 3.3 3.0

June 1965

10.4 3.2 3.4

July 1965

9.9 3.1 3.1

August 1965

9.5 3.1 3.3

September 1965

9.6 3.1 2.9

October 1965

9.5 2.9 2.9

November 1965

9.3 2.9 3.0

December 1965

9.1 2.8 2.7

January 1966

8.8 2.8 2.8

February 1966

8.2 2.6 2.8

March 1966

8.7 2.6 2.7

April 1966

8.7 2.6 2.5

May 1966

9.0 2.6 2.8

June 1966

8.8 2.6 2.4

July 1966

8.3 2.7 2.8

August 1966

8.5 2.7 2.6

September 1966

8.4 2.5 2.5

October 1966

8.3 2.6 2.5

November 1966

8.1 2.6 2.4

December 1966

8.6 2.6 2.6

January 1967

8.5 2.7 2.9

February 1967

8.4 2.7 2.4

March 1967

8.1 2.7 2.6

April 1967

8.2 2.7 2.5

May 1967

8.5 2.6 2.6

June 1967

8.7 2.9 2.2

July 1967

8.9 2.6 2.3

August 1967

8.8 2.5 2.6

September 1967

8.9 2.6 2.2

October 1967

9.1 2.8 2.4

November 1967

9.0 2.7 2.6

December 1967

8.9 2.7 2.4

January 1968

8.4 2.5 2.6

February 1968

9.0 2.6 2.4

March 1968

8.8 2.4 2.3

April 1968

8.1 2.4 1.9

May 1968

8.5 2.2 2.1

June 1968

9.6 2.2 2.3

July 1968

9.0 2.4 2.2

August 1968

8.6 2.3 2.0

September 1968

8.2 2.2 2.0

October 1968

8.2 2.2 2.0

November 1968

8.4 2.2 2.2

December 1968

8.5 2.1 2.0

January 1969

8.2 2.3 2.0

February 1969

8.1 2.2 2.1

March 1969

8.3 2.2 1.9

April 1969

8.2 2.2 1.9

May 1969

8.3 2.3 1.7

June 1969

8.3 2.3 1.9

July 1969

8.7 2.3 2.0

August 1969

8.2 2.3 2.1

September 1969

8.9 2.4 2.2

October 1969

8.8 2.3 2.2

November 1969

8.2 2.4 2.0

December 1969(1)

8.4 2.3 2.1

January 1970(1)

9.3 2.5 2.1

February 1970(1)

9.8 2.8 2.4

March 1970(1)

9.6 3.1 2.7

April 1970(1)

10.4 3.1 2.7

May 1970(1)

10.4 3.2 3.1

June 1970(1)

11.2 3.4 2.8

July 1970(1)

11.0 3.6 2.9

August 1970(1)

11.4 3.6 2.8

September 1970(1)

12.1 3.6 3.1

October 1970(1)

12.2 3.8 3.1

November 1970(1)

12.9 4.1 3.3

December 1970

12.8 4.4 3.5

January 1971

12.6 4.1 3.7

February 1971

12.5 4.1 3.6

March 1971

12.8 4.2 3.4

April 1971

12.5 4.2 3.5

May 1971

13.0 4.1 3.4

June 1971

13.2 4.0 3.2

July 1971

12.9 4.3 3.1

August 1971

12.8 4.3 3.4

September 1971

12.4 4.3 3.2

October 1971

12.4 4.3 2.9

November 1971

13.0 4.2 3.4

December 1971

12.7 4.3 3.4

January 1972

12.7 3.9 3.2

February 1972

12.8 3.8 3.2

March 1972

12.8 3.8 3.3

April 1972

12.4 3.8 3.6

May 1972

11.8 3.9 3.5

June 1972

11.8 3.9 3.5

July 1972

12.0 3.9 3.4

August 1972

12.1 3.8 3.5

September 1972

12.0 3.7 3.2

October 1972

12.0 3.7 3.5

November 1972

11.5 3.5 2.8

December 1972

11.3 3.4 3.0

January 1973

10.2 3.4 2.8

February 1973

10.9 3.4 2.8

March 1973

10.4 3.3 2.6

April 1973

11.0 3.3 2.5

May 1973

10.7 3.2 2.5

June 1973

10.4 3.3 2.6

July 1973

10.6 3.1 2.8

August 1973

10.3 3.2 2.7

September 1973

10.7 3.1 2.7

October 1973

10.0 3.0 2.7

November 1973(1)

10.4 3.1 2.7

December 1973(1)

10.5 3.3 2.6

January 1974(1)

10.8 3.3 2.8

February 1974(1)

11.0 3.4 2.8

March 1974(1)

10.7 3.4 2.6

April 1974(1)

10.5 3.6 2.6

May 1974(1)

11.3 3.3 2.7

June 1974(1)

11.8 3.4 2.7

July 1974(1)

12.1 3.5 2.8

August 1974(1)

11.7 3.6 3.2

September 1974(1)

12.6 3.9 3.1

October 1974(1)

12.5 4.2 3.1

November 1974(1)

13.4 4.7 3.2

December 1974(1)

14.2 5.2 3.8

January 1975(1)

15.1 6.1 4.2

February 1975(1)

15.6 6.0 4.5

March 1975(1)

16.2 6.4 4.6

April 1975

16.5 6.7 4.9

May 1975

16.9 6.9 5.0

June 1975

16.3 6.8 4.9

July 1975

16.6 6.5 4.9

August 1975

16.3 6.3 4.7

September 1975

16.1 6.4 4.6

October 1975

16.1 6.4 4.9

November 1975

15.7 6.2 4.8

December 1975

15.6 6.0 5.0

January 1976

15.4 5.7 4.6

February 1976

14.7 5.6 4.6

March 1976

14.6 5.4 4.7

April 1976

14.9 5.5 4.6

May 1976

14.3 5.4 4.3

June 1976

14.5 5.6 4.8

July 1976

14.2 5.9 4.9

August 1976

15.0 5.7 4.7

September 1976

14.4 5.8 4.7

October 1976

14.9 5.7 4.5

November 1976

14.9 5.8 4.5

December 1976

14.8 5.8 4.2

January 1977

14.3 5.5 4.3

February 1977

14.5 5.5 4.7

March 1977

14.2 5.5 4.3

April 1977

13.7 5.3 4.1

May 1977

13.7 5.1 4.1

June 1977

14.0 5.2 3.9

July 1977

13.3 5.0 3.9

August 1977

13.7 5.0 3.8

September 1977

13.5 4.8 4.0

October 1977

13.0 5.0 4.2

November 1977

13.1 4.8 4.0

December 1977

12.2 4.6 3.9

January 1978

12.9 4.5 3.5

February 1978

13.0 4.3 3.3

March 1978

13.0 4.4 3.2

April 1978

12.6 4.2 3.2

May 1978

11.8 4.4 3.2

June 1978

11.7 4.1 3.1

July 1978

12.5 4.3 3.1

August 1978

11.7 4.3 2.9

September 1978

12.1 4.2 3.3

October 1978

11.5 4.1 3.1

November 1978

11.9 4.1 3.0

December 1978

12.1 4.3 3.0

January 1979

11.6 4.3 2.9

February 1979

11.7 4.2 3.1

March 1979

11.6 4.2 3.2

April 1979

11.6 4.2 3.0

May 1979

11.6 3.9 3.1

June 1979

11.5 4.0 2.9

July 1979

11.6 4.0 3.1

August 1979

12.2 4.3 3.1

September 1979

12.1 4.1 2.9

October 1979

12.1 4.2 3.1

November 1979

11.6 4.3 2.9

December 1979

12.4 4.2 2.8

January 1980(1)

12.6 4.5 3.4

February 1980(1)

12.5 4.7 2.9

March 1980(1)

12.3 4.9 2.9

April 1980(1)

13.1 5.4 3.3

May 1980(1)

14.7 5.7 3.4

June 1980(1)

14.7 5.8 3.3

July 1980(1)

14.9 6.0 3.4

August 1980

14.7 6.1 3.4

September 1980

14.3 5.9 3.5

October 1980

14.5 5.8 3.3

November 1980

14.4 5.7 3.4

December 1980

13.7 5.6 3.5

January 1981

14.5 5.7 3.5

February 1981

14.6 5.6 3.6

March 1981

14.5 5.6 3.7

April 1981

14.5 5.4 3.3

May 1981

15.1 5.6 3.4

June 1981

14.9 5.6 3.3

July 1981(1)

14.1 5.5 3.5

August 1981(1)

14.5 5.7 3.5

September 1981(1)

14.9 5.8 3.8

October 1981(1)

15.3 6.1 3.8

November 1981(1)

15.9 6.4 3.7

December 1981(1)

16.1 6.8 4.1

January 1982(1)

16.5 6.8 4.2

February 1982(1)

17.0 6.9 4.4

March 1982(1)

16.9 7.3 4.7

April 1982(1)

17.4 7.4 5.0

May 1982(1)

17.3 7.6 4.9

June 1982(1)

17.5 7.8 5.1

July 1982(1)

18.0 8.0 5.1

August 1982(1)

18.1 8.0 5.1

September 1982(1)

18.2 8.5 5.1

October 1982(1)

18.5 8.7 5.4

November 1982(1)

19.0 8.9 5.5

December 1982

18.9 9.1 5.7

January 1983

18.5 8.7 5.5

February 1983

18.4 8.7 5.6

March 1983

18.2 8.7 5.4

April 1983

18.0 8.5 5.8

May 1983

17.7 8.5 5.4

June 1983

17.8 8.4 5.5

July 1983

16.8 7.8 5.2

August 1983

17.3 7.8 5.0

September 1983

16.4 7.6 5.0

October 1983

16.2 7.2 4.8

November 1983

15.4 6.9 4.8

December 1983

14.9 6.8 4.9

January 1984

14.8 6.5 4.7

February 1984

14.3 6.4 4.4

March 1984

14.4 6.3 4.3

April 1984

14.5 6.3 4.4

May 1984

13.6 6.0 4.5

June 1984

13.2 5.8 4.6

July 1984

13.7 6.1 4.4

August 1984

14.1 6.0 4.5

September 1984

14.0 5.9 4.3

October 1984

13.6 5.9 4.6

November 1984

13.2 5.8 4.4

December 1984

13.7 5.9 4.1

January 1985

13.6 6.0 4.3

February 1985

13.6 5.9 4.0

March 1985

13.6 5.9 3.9

April 1985

13.2 6.1 4.1

May 1985

13.6 5.8 4.2

June 1985

13.5 6.0 4.4

July 1985

14.2 5.9 4.5

August 1985

13.3 5.8 4.2

September 1985

13.3 5.9 4.0

October 1985

14.1 5.7 3.9

November 1985

13.5 5.6 3.8

December 1985

13.5 5.6 3.9

January 1986

13.0 5.4 3.9

February 1986

13.6 5.9 4.3

March 1986

13.2 5.9 4.2

April 1986

13.7 5.8 3.9

May 1986

13.7 5.9 3.6

June 1986

13.5 5.9 3.8

July 1986

13.3 5.8 3.9

August 1986

13.1 5.6 3.8

September 1986

13.6 5.7 3.9

October 1986

13.0 5.7 4.1

November 1986

12.8 5.7 3.8

December 1986

13.0 5.4 3.4

January 1987

13.0 5.5 3.2

February 1987

13.1 5.4 3.0

March 1987

12.8 5.4 3.5

April 1987

12.6 5.1 3.5

May 1987

12.5 5.1 3.5

June 1987

12.3 5.0 3.2

July 1987

11.8 5.0 3.1

August 1987

11.7 4.9 3.3

September 1987

11.8 4.8 3.4

October 1987

11.8 4.9 3.2

November 1987

11.5 4.7 3.4

December 1987

11.2 4.7 3.1

January 1988

11.5 4.6 3.4

February 1988

11.3 4.7 3.2

March 1988

11.8 4.5 3.1

April 1988

11.2 4.4 3.0

May 1988

11.3 4.5 3.3

June 1988

10.5 4.4 3.0

July 1988

10.8 4.4 3.0

August 1988

11.0 4.5 3.1

September 1988

10.8 4.4 2.9

October 1988

10.8 4.4 2.8

November 1988

10.5 4.5 2.8

December 1988

10.8 4.3 3.1

January 1989

11.8 4.2 3.0

February 1989

10.6 4.1 3.0

March 1989

10.1 4.1 2.7

April 1989

10.6 4.3 2.9

May 1989

10.4 4.2 3.0

June 1989

11.2 4.1 3.3

July 1989

10.6 4.2 3.1

August 1989

10.9 4.1 3.0

September 1989

11.1 4.3 3.0

October 1989

11.0 4.3 3.0

November 1989

11.3 4.3 3.3

December 1989

11.2 4.3 3.4

January 1990

10.8 4.3 3.4

February 1990

10.7 4.2 3.3

March 1990

10.6 4.2 3.2

April 1990

11.1 4.3 3.2

May 1990

10.8 4.3 3.0

June 1990

10.4 4.3 2.8

July 1990(1)

10.7 4.6 3.1

August 1990(1)

11.5 4.7 3.2

September 1990(1)

11.7 4.8 3.3

October 1990(1)

11.8 4.9 3.6

November 1990(1)

12.0 5.2 3.5

December 1990(1)

12.0 5.3 3.5

January 1991(1)

12.6 5.2 3.5

February 1991(1)

12.8 5.5 3.8

March 1991(1)

13.1 5.7 4.0

April 1991

12.7 5.7 3.8

May 1991

13.6 5.8 4.0

June 1991

13.6 5.7 4.2

July 1991

13.8 5.6 3.9

August 1991

13.5 5.8 3.9

September 1991

13.4 5.8 3.8

October 1991

13.9 5.9 3.7

November 1991

13.8 5.9 4.2

December 1991

14.6 6.0 4.4

January 1992

13.9 6.2 4.4

February 1992

14.2 6.3 4.4

March 1992

14.1 6.3 4.5

April 1992

13.6 6.3 4.8

May 1992

14.4 6.5 4.9

June 1992

15.2 6.5 5.3

July 1992

14.5 6.4 5.3

August 1992

14.2 6.5 5.0

September 1992

14.5 6.4 4.8

October 1992

13.5 6.4 4.9

November 1992

14.3 6.3 4.7

December 1992

14.2 6.3 4.6

January 1993

14.0 6.1 4.4

February 1993

14.1 6.0 4.3

March 1993

13.6 6.0 4.3

April 1993

13.8 5.9 4.2

May 1993

14.2 5.9 4.2

June 1993

13.7 6.0 4.3

July 1993

13.1 5.9 4.3

August 1993

13.0 5.7 4.2

September 1993

12.6 5.7 4.6

October 1993

13.0 5.8 4.5

November 1993

12.9 5.5 4.2

December 1993

12.5 5.5 4.4

January 1994(2)

13.4 5.4 4.5

February 1994

12.9 5.5 4.5

March 1994

13.1 5.3 4.5

April 1994

13.3 5.1 4.2

May 1994

12.5 4.9 4.1

June 1994

12.4 4.9 4.0

July 1994

12.4 4.9 4.1

August 1994

12.5 4.9 4.1

September 1994

12.1 4.8 3.7

October 1994

12.0 4.7 4.0

November 1994

11.4 4.5 3.9

December 1994

11.5 4.4 3.5

January 1995

11.4 4.5 3.9

February 1995

11.7 4.3 3.6

March 1995

11.6 4.3 3.5

April 1995

12.0 4.6 3.8

May 1995

11.9 4.6 3.8

June 1995

12.0 4.5 3.8

July 1995

12.5 4.5 3.8

August 1995

12.5 4.4 3.7

September 1995

12.7 4.4 3.6

October 1995

12.4 4.4 3.5

November 1995

12.0 4.5 3.8

December 1995

12.4 4.4 3.5

January 1996

12.8 4.5 3.6

February 1996

12.2 4.3 3.7

March 1996

12.2 4.3 3.6

April 1996

12.0 4.4 3.3

May 1996

12.2 4.4 3.6

June 1996

11.8 4.2 3.5

July 1996

12.4 4.2 3.7

August 1996

11.6 4.1 3.2

September 1996

11.4 4.2 3.3

October 1996

11.6 4.1 3.2

November 1996

11.9 4.3 3.0

December 1996

11.8 4.2 3.4

January 1997

12.2 4.2 3.1

February 1997

11.8 4.2 3.1

March 1997

11.7 4.1 3.2

April 1997

11.6 3.9 3.0

May 1997

11.1 3.9 3.1

June 1997

11.4 3.9 3.2

July 1997

11.2 3.8 3.0

August 1997

11.1 3.8 3.1

September 1997

11.2 3.8 3.0

October 1997

11.0 3.7 2.9

November 1997

10.8 3.5 2.7

December 1997

10.5 3.7 2.7

January 1998

10.9 3.6 2.7

February 1998

10.6 3.6 2.6

March 1998

10.5 3.7 2.7

April 1998

9.7 3.4 2.6

May 1998

10.3 3.4 2.6

June 1998

10.6 3.5 2.6

July 1998

10.6 3.5 2.8

August 1998

10.8 3.4 2.7

September 1998

11.0 3.4 2.7

October 1998

10.5 3.5 2.7

November 1998

9.8 3.4 3.0

December 1998

9.6 3.4 2.9

January 1999

10.2 3.3 2.8

February 1999

10.1 3.4 2.8

March 1999

9.9 3.2 2.8

April 1999

10.0 3.3 2.9

May 1999

9.6 3.2 2.8

June 1999

10.0 3.2 3.1

July 1999

9.9 3.3 3.0

August 1999

9.6 3.2 2.7

September 1999

10.2 3.2 2.6

October 1999

10.0 3.1 2.6

November 1999

9.9 3.0 2.6

December 1999

9.6 3.0 2.6

January 2000

9.4 3.1 2.7

February 2000

9.9 3.0 2.8

March 2000

9.6 3.0 2.7

April 2000

9.2 2.9 2.3

May 2000

9.8 3.1 2.5

June 2000

9.3 3.1 2.3

July 2000

9.3 3.2 2.5

August 2000

9.3 3.2 2.7

September 2000

8.9 3.1 2.7

October 2000

8.9 3.0 2.7

November 2000

9.1 3.0 2.8

December 2000

9.2 3.0 2.4

January 2001

9.6 3.3 2.7

February 2001

9.6 3.3 2.8

March 2001(1)

9.8 3.3 2.7

April 2001(1)

10.2 3.4 2.7

May 2001(1)

9.9 3.5 2.6

June 2001(1)

10.4 3.6 2.7

July 2001(1)

10.2 3.7 2.9

August 2001(1)

11.2 3.9 3.0

September 2001(1)

10.8 4.0 3.3

October 2001(1)

11.5 4.4 3.5

November 2001(1)

11.6 4.6 3.5

December 2001

12.2 4.7 3.9

January 2002

12.1 4.7 3.6

February 2002

11.8 4.7 3.9

March 2002

12.5 4.7 3.6

April 2002

12.3 4.9 4.0

May 2002

11.6 5.0 3.9

June 2002

11.8 4.8 3.9

July 2002

12.1 4.8 3.7

August 2002

12.0 4.7 3.9

September 2002

11.7 4.7 3.8

October 2002

11.8 4.8 3.9

November 2002

12.1 5.0 3.6

December 2002

12.1 4.9 4.3

January 2003

12.0 4.8 4.1

February 2003

12.1 5.0 3.9

March 2003

12.0 5.0 3.9

April 2003

12.6 5.0 4.2

May 2003

12.9 5.1 4.3

June 2003

13.2 5.2 4.4

July 2003

13.0 5.1 4.1

August 2003

12.3 5.1 4.2

September 2003

12.8 5.1 4.0

October 2003

12.2 5.1 3.8

November 2003

12.1 4.9 3.9

December 2003

11.7 4.8 3.9

January 2004

12.0 4.7 3.7

February 2004

11.7 4.7 3.8

March 2004

12.0 4.9 3.7

April 2004

11.6 4.6 3.8

May 2004

12.1 4.6 4.0

June 2004

12.0 4.6 4.1

July 2004

12.1 4.5 3.5

August 2004

11.5 4.5 3.7

September 2004

11.7 4.4 3.7

October 2004

12.1 4.3 3.8

November 2004

11.5 4.4 3.7

December 2004

11.7 4.4 3.4

January 2005

11.6 4.3 3.5

February 2005

12.4 4.3 3.6

March 2005

11.8 4.2 3.5

April 2005

11.8 4.1 3.5

May 2005

11.7 4.1 3.3

June 2005

11.1 4.1 3.1

July 2005

10.7 4.1 3.4

August 2005

11.1 4.0 3.2

September 2005

10.8 4.2 3.6

October 2005

10.8 4.1 3.2

November 2005

11.1 4.2 3.2

December 2005

10.5 4.0 3.2

January 2006

10.5 3.8 3.1

February 2006

10.8 4.0 2.9

March 2006

10.5 3.9 2.6

April 2006

10.3 3.9 3.0

May 2006

10.0 3.8 3.0

June 2006

10.4 3.7 3.0

July 2006

10.9 3.8 3.1

August 2006

10.7 3.8 2.9

September 2006

10.6 3.7 2.9

October 2006

10.6 3.4 3.0

November 2006

10.6 3.6 3.0

December 2006

10.0 3.6 3.0

January 2007

10.3 3.7 3.3

February 2007

9.9 3.7 3.1

March 2007

9.9 3.5 3.1

April 2007

10.3 3.6 3.0

May 2007

9.9 3.6 3.2

June 2007

10.6 3.6 3.1

July 2007

10.5 3.8 3.2

August 2007

10.7 3.8 3.2

September 2007

11.1 3.8 3.1

October 2007

10.8 3.8 3.1

November 2007

10.8 3.9 3.0

December 2007(1)

11.8 4.1 3.2

January 2008(1)

11.7 4.0 3.2

February 2008(1)

11.4 3.9 3.2

March 2008(1)

11.4 4.2 3.4

April 2008(1)

10.9 4.2 3.0

May 2008(1)

13.0 4.4 3.3

June 2008(1)

12.8 4.5 3.3

July 2008(1)

13.5 4.7 3.7

August 2008(1)

13.2 5.2 4.2

September 2008(1)

13.5 5.2 4.3

October 2008(1)

13.7 5.6 4.6

November 2008(1)

14.0 5.9 4.8

December 2008(1)

14.9 6.4 5.0

January 2009(1)

15.0 6.9 5.3

February 2009(1)

15.8 7.3 5.7

March 2009(1)

16.4 7.7 6.2

April 2009(1)

16.7 7.9 6.4

May 2009(1)

17.5 8.5 6.7

June 2009(1)

17.9 8.5 7.0

July 2009(1)

18.0 8.4 6.7

August 2009(1)

18.3 8.8 6.8

September 2009(1)

18.3 9.1 6.8

October 2009(1)

19.2 9.2 7.0

November 2009(1)

19.1 8.9 7.1

December 2009(1)

18.9 8.9 7.2

January 2010(1)

18.9 8.6 6.8

Footnotes:
(1) Represents recessionary period, as determined by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). NBER has not yet determined an end point for the recession that began in December 2007.
(2) Beginning in 1994, data reflect the introduction of a major redesign of the Current Population Survey.

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics