December 5, 2011 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Unemployment rate falls to 8.6 percent in November 2011

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

Jan 2008

7,653,000 5.0

Feb 2008

7,441,000 4.8

Mar 2008

7,781,000 5.1

Apr 2008

7,606,000 4.9

May 2008

8,398,000 5.4

Jun 2008

8,590,000 5.6

Jul 2008

8,953,000 5.8

Aug 2008

9,489,000 6.1

Sep 2008

9,557,000 6.2

Oct 2008

10,176,000 6.6

Nov 2008

10,552,000 6.8

Dec 2008

11,344,000 7.3

Jan 2009

11,984,000 7.8

Feb 2009

12,737,000 8.2

Mar 2009

13,278,000 8.6

Apr 2009

13,734,000 8.9

May 2009

14,512,000 9.4

Jun 2009

14,776,000 9.5

Jul 2009

14,663,000 9.5

Aug 2009

14,953,000 9.7

Sep 2009

15,149,000 9.8

Oct 2009

15,628,000 10.1

Nov 2009

15,206,000 9.9

Dec 2009

15,212,000 9.9

Jan 2010

14,842,000 9.7

Feb 2010

14,860,000 9.7

Mar 2010

14,943,000 9.7

Apr 2010

15,138,000 9.8

May 2010

14,884,000 9.6

Jun 2010

14,593,000 9.5

Jul 2010

14,637,000 9.5

Aug 2010

14,849,000 9.6

Sep 2010

14,746,000 9.6

Oct 2010

14,876,000 9.7

Nov 2010

15,041,000 9.8

Dec 2010

14,485,000 9.4

Jan 2011

13,863,000 9.0

Feb 2011

13,673,000 8.9

Mar 2011

13,542,000 8.8

Apr 2011

13,747,000 9.0

May 2011

13,914,000 9.1

Jun 2011

14,087,000 9.2

Jul 2011

13,931,000 9.1

Aug 2011

13,967,000 9.1

Sep 2011

13,992,000 9.1

Oct 2011

13,897,000 9.0

Nov 2011

13,303,000 8.6

These data are featured in the TED article, Unemployment rate falls to 8.6 percent in November 2011.

 

 

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