May 10, 2011 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Unemployment rate at 9.0 percent in April 2011

Unemployment rate, and number of unemployed, April 2008–April 2011
Month Unemployment rate Number of unemployed

Apr 2008

4.9 7,606,000

May 2008

5.4 8,398,000

Jun 2008

5.6 8,590,000

Jul 2008

5.8 8,953,000

Aug 2008

6.1 9,489,000

Sep 2008

6.2 9,557,000

Oct 2008

6.6 10,176,000

Nov 2008

6.8 10,552,000

Dec 2008

7.3 11,344,000

Jan 2009

7.8 11,984,000

Feb 2009

8.2 12,737,000

Mar 2009

8.6 13,278,000

Apr 2009

8.9 13,734,000

May 2009

9.4 14,512,000

Jun 2009

9.5 14,776,000

Jul 2009

9.5 14,663,000

Aug 2009

9.7 14,953,000

Sep 2009

9.8 15,149,000

Oct 2009

10.1 15,628,000

Nov 2009

9.9 15,206,000

Dec 2009

9.9 15,212,000

Jan 2010

9.7 14,842,000

Feb 2010

9.7 14,860,000

Mar 2010

9.7 14,943,000

Apr 2010

9.8 15,138,000

May 2010

9.6 14,884,000

Jun 2010

9.5 14,593,000

Jul 2010

9.5 14,637,000

Aug 2010

9.6 14,849,000

Sep 2010

9.6 14,746,000

Oct 2010

9.7 14,876,000

Nov 2010

9.8 15,041,000

Dec 2010

9.4 14,485,000

Jan 2011

9.0 13,863,000

Feb 2011

8.9 13,673,000

Mar 2011

8.8 13,542,000

Apr 2011

9.0 13,747,000

These data are featured in the TED article, Unemployment rate at 9.0 percent in April 2011.