Since the start of the recession in December 2007, the number of unemployed persons has increased by 7.6 million to 15.1 million, and the unemployment rate has doubled to 9.8 percent.
Unemployment rates for the major worker groups—adult men (10.3 percent), adult women (7.8 percent), teenagers (25.9 percent), whites (9.0 percent), blacks (15.4 percent), and Hispanics (12.7 percent)—showed little change in September. The rates for all major worker groups are much higher than at the start of the recession.
Among the unemployed, the number of job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs rose by 603,000 to 10.4 million in September.
The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) rose by 450,000 to 5.4 million. In September, 35.6 percent of unemployed persons were jobless for 27 weeks or more.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment in September 2009 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/ted_20091006.htm (visited November 30, 2023).