September 11, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Unemployment and labor force participation rates down in August 2012

Number of unemployed, and unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted, August 2010–August 2012
Month Number of unemployed Unemployment rate

Aug 2010

14,735,000 9.6

Sep 2010

14,574,000 9.5

Oct 2010

14,636,000 9.5

Nov 2010

15,104,000 9.8

Dec 2010

14,393,000 9.4

Jan 2011

13,919,000 9.1

Feb 2011

13,751,000 9.0

Mar 2011

13,628,000 8.9

Apr 2011

13,792,000 9.0

May 2011

13,892,000 9.0

Jun 2011

14,024,000 9.1

Jul 2011

13,908,000 9.1

Aug 2011

13,920,000 9.1

Sep 2011

13,897,000 9.0

Oct 2011

13,759,000 8.9

Nov 2011

13,323,000 8.7

Dec 2011

13,097,000 8.5

Jan 2012

12,758,000 8.3

Feb 2012

12,806,000 8.3

Mar 2012

12,673,000 8.2

Apr 2012

12,500,000 8.1

May 2012

12,720,000 8.2

Jun 2012

12,749,000 8.2

Jul 2012

12,794,000 8.3

Aug 2012

12,544,000 8.1

These data are featured in the TED article, Unemployment and labor force participation rates down in August 2012.

 

Civilian labor force, and labor force participation rate, seasonally adjusted, August 2010–August 2012
Month Civilian labor force Labor force participation rate

Aug 2010

154,073,000 64.7

Sep 2010

153,918,000 64.6

Oct 2010

153,709,000 64.4

Nov 2010

154,041,000 64.5

Dec 2010

153,613,000 64.3

Jan 2011

153,250,000 64.2

Feb 2011

153,302,000 64.2

Mar 2011

153,392,000 64.2

Apr 2011

153,420,000 64.2

May 2011

153,700,000 64.2

Jun 2011

153,409,000 64.1

Jul 2011

153,358,000 64.0

Aug 2011

153,674,000 64.1

Sep 2011

154,004,000 64.1

Oct 2011

154,057,000 64.1

Nov 2011

153,937,000 64.0

Dec 2011

153,887,000 64.0

Jan 2012

154,395,000 63.7

Feb 2012

154,871,000 63.9

Mar 2012

154,707,000 63.8

Apr 2012

154,365,000 63.6

May 2012

155,007,000 63.8

Jun 2012

155,163,000 63.8

Jul 2012

155,013,000 63.7

Aug 2012

154,645,000 63.5

Note
Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data.

These data are featured in the TED article, Unemployment and labor force participation rates down in August 2012.