June 08, 2011 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Unemployment rate at 9.1 percent in May 2011

Unemployment rate, and number of unemployed, seasonally adjusted, January 2008–May 2011
Month Number of unemployed Unemployment rate

January 2008

7,653,000 5.0

February 2008

7,441,000 4.8

March 2008

7,781,000 5.1

April 2008

7,606,000 4.9

May 2008

8,398,000 5.4

June 2008

8,590,000 5.6

July 2008

8,953,000 5.8

August 2008

9,489,000 6.1

September 2008

9,557,000 6.2

October 2008

10,176,000 6.6

November 2008

10,552,000 6.8

December 2008

11,344,000 7.3

January 2009

11,984,000 7.8

February 2009

12,737,000 8.2

March 2009

13,278,000 8.6

April 2009

13,734,000 8.9

May 2009

14,512,000 9.4

June 2009

14,776,000 9.5

July 2009

14,663,000 9.5

August 2009

14,953,000 9.7

September 2009

15,149,000 9.8

October 2009

15,628,000 10.1

November 2009

15,206,000 9.9

December 2009

15,212,000 9.9

January 2010

14,842,000 9.7

February 2010

14,860,000 9.7

March 2010

14,943,000 9.7

April 2010

15,138,000 9.8

May 2010

14,884,000 9.6

June 2010

14,593,000 9.5

July 2010

14,637,000 9.5

August 2010

14,849,000 9.6

September 2010

14,746,000 9.6

October 2010

14,876,000 9.7

November 2010

15,041,000 9.8

December 2010

14,485,000 9.4

January 2011

13,863,000 9.0

February 2011

13,673,000 8.9

March 2011

13,542,000 8.8

April 2011

13,747,000 9.0

May 2011

13,914,000 9.1

These data are featured in the TED article, Unemployment rate at 9.1 percent in May 2011.