US Unemployment Rate, 1947-2014






Year Annual Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. June July Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
1947 3.9 - - - - - - - - - - - -
1948 3.8 4.0 4.7 4.5 4.0 3.4 3.9 3.9 3.6 3.4 2.9 3.3 3.6
1949 5.9 5.0 5.8 5.6 5.4 5.7 6.4 7.0 6.3 5.9 6.1 5.7 6.0
1950 5.3 7.6 7.9 7.1 6.0 5.3 5.6 5.3 4.1 4.0 3.3 3.8 3.9
1951 3.3 4.4 4.2 3.8 3.2 2.9 3.4 3.3 2.9 3.0 2.8 3.2 2.9
1952 3.0 3.7 3.8 3.3 3.0 2.9 3.2 3.3 3.1 2.7 2.4 2.5 2.5
1953 2.9 3.4 3.2 2.9 2.8 2.5 2.7 2.7 2.4 2.6 2.5 3.2 4.2
1954 5.5 5.7 6.3 6.4 6.1 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.4 5.3 4.6 4.9 4.8
1955 4.4 5.8 5.7 5.2 4.9 4.2 4.4 4.0 3.8 3.5 3.4 3.8 3.9
1956 4.1 4.7 4.8 4.7 4.1 4.2 4.7 4.4 3.7 3.4 3.1 3.9 4.0
1957 4.3 4.9 4.7 4.3 4.0 3.9 4.6 4.1 3.7 3.7 3.6 4.6 5.0
1958 6.8 6.8 7.7 7.7 7.5 7.1 7.6 7.4 6.7 6.0 5.5 5.6 6.0
1959 5.5 7.0 7.0 6.4 5.2 4.9 5.4 5.2 4.8 4.7 4.7 5.3 5.1
1960 5.5 6.1 5.7 6.1 5.2 4.8 5.8 5.5 5.2 4.7 5.0 5.6 6.4
1961 6.7 7.7 8.1 7.7 7.0 6.6 7.3 6.9 6.2 5.8 5.5 5.6 5.8
1962 5.5 6.7 6.5 6.2 5.5 5.1 5.9 5.3 5.3 4.9 4.5 5.3 5.3
1963 5.7 6.6 6.9 6.3 5.6 5.5 6.2 5.6 5.2 4.8 4.7 5.3 5.3
1964 5.2 6.4 6.2 5.9 5.3 4.8 5.9 4.9 4.8 4.5 4.4 4.5 4.7
1965 4.5 5.5 5.7 5.1 4.7 4.3 5.3 4.5 4.2 3.8 3.6 3.9 3.7
1966 3.8 4.4 4.2 4.0 3.6 3.7 4.6 3.9 3.6 3.3 3.2 3.4 3.5
1967 3.8 4.2 4.2 3.9 3.5 3.2 4.6 4.1 3.7 3.7 3.8 3.7 3.5
1968 3.6 4.0 4.2 3.8 3.2 2.9 4.5 4.0 3.5 3.3 3.2 3.3 3.1
1969 3.5 3.7 3.7 3.5 3.2 2.9 4.1 3.8 3.5 3.7 3.5 3.3 3.2
1970 4.9 4.2 4.7 4.6 4.3 4.1 5.6 5.3 5.0 5.2 5.1 5.5 5.6
1971 5.9 6.6 6.6 6.3 5.7 5.3 6.5 6.2 5.9 5.8 5.4 5.7 5.5
1972 5.6 6.5 6.4 6.1 5.5 5.1 6.2 5.9 5.5 5.4 5.1 4.9 4.8
1973 4.9 5.5 5.6 5.2 4.8 4.4 5.4 5.0 4.7 4.7 4.2 4.6 4.6
1974 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.3 4.8 4.6 5.8 5.7 5.3 5.7 5.5 6.2 6.7
1975 8.5 9.0 9.1 9.1 8.6 8.3 9.1 8.7 8.2 8.1 7.8 7.8 7.8
1976 7.7 8.8 8.7 8.1 7.4 6.8 8.0 7.8 7.6 7.4 7.2 7.4 7.4
1977 7.1 8.3 8.5 7.9 6.9 6.4 7.5 7.0 6.8 6.6 6.4 6.5 6.0
1978 6.1 7.1 6.9 6.6 5.8 5.5 6.2 6.3 5.9 5.8 5.4 5.6 5.7
1979 5.8 6.4 6.4 6.1 5.5 5.2 6.0 5.9 5.9 5.7 5.6 5.6 5.7
1980 7.1 6.9 6.8 6.6 6.7 7.1 7.8 7.9 7.6 7.2 7.1 7.1 6.9
1981 7.6 8.2 8.0 7.7 7.0 7.1 7.7 7.3 7.2 7.3 7.5 7.9 8.3
1982 9.7 9.4 9.6 9.5 9.2 9.1 9.8 9.8 9.6 9.7 9.9 10.4 10.5
1983 9.6 11.4 11.3 10.8 10.0 9.8 10.2 9.4 9.2 8.8 8.4 8.1 8.0
1984 7.5 8.8 8.4 8.1 7.6 7.2 7.4 7.5 7.3 7.1 7.0 6.9 7.0
1985 7.2 8.0 7.8 7.5 7.1 7.0 7.5 7.4 6.9 6.9 6.8 6.7 6.7
1986 7.0 7.3 7.8 7.5 7.0 7.0 7.3 7.0 6.7 6.8 6.6 6.6 6.3
1987 6.2 7.3 7.2 6.9 6.2 6.1 6.3 6.1 5.8 5.7 5.7 5.6 5.4
1988 5.5 6.3 6.2 5.9 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.5 5.4 5.2 5.0 5.2 5.0
1989 5.3 6.0 5.6 5.2 5.1 5.0 5.5 5.3 5.1 5.1 5.0 5.2 5.1
1990 5.6 6.0 5.9 5.5 5.3 5.2 5.4 5.6 5.5 5.6 5.5 5.9 6.0
1991 6.8 7.1 7.3 7.2 6.5 6.7 7.0 6.8 6.6 6.5 6.5 6.7 6.9
1992 7.5 8.1 8.2 7.8 7.2 7.3 8.0 7.7 7.4 7.3 6.9 7.1 7.1
1993 6.9 8.0 7.8 7.4 6.9 6.8 7.2 7.0 6.6 6.4 6.4 6.2 6.1
1994 6.1 7.3 7.1 6.8 6.2 5.9 6.2 6.2 5.9 5.6 5.4 5.3 5.1
1995 5.6 6.2 5.9 5.7 5.6 5.5 5.8 5.9 5.6 5.4 5.2 5.3 5.2
1996 5.4 6.3 6.0 5.8 5.4 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.1 5.0 4.9 5.0 5.0
1997 4.9 5.9 5.7 5.5 4.8 4.7 5.2 5.0 4.8 4.7 4.4 4.3 4.4
1998 4.5 5.2 5.0 5.0 4.1 4.2 4.7 4.7 4.5 4.4 4.2 4.1 4.0
1999 4.2 4.8 4.7 4.4 4.1 4.0 4.5 4.5 4.2 4.1 3.8 3.8 3.7
2000 4.0 4.5 4.4 4.3 3.7 3.8 4.1 4.2 4.1 3.8 3.6 3.7 3.7
2001 4.7 4.7 4.6 4.5 4.2 4.1 4.7 4.7 4.9 4.7 5.0 5.3 5.4
2002 5.8 6.3 6.1 6.1 5.7 5.5 6.0 5.9 5.7 5.4 5.3 5.6 5.7
2003 6.0 6.5 6.4 6.2 5.8 5.8 6.5 6.3 6.0 5.8 5.6 5.6 5.4
2004 5.5 6.3 6.0 6.0 5.4 5.3 5.8 5.7 5.4 5.1 5.1 5.2 5.1
2005 5.1 5.7 5.8 5.4 4.9 4.9 5.2 5.2 4.9 4.8 4.6 4.8 4.6
2006 4.6 5.1 5.1 4.8 4.5 4.4 4.8 5.0 4.6 4.4 4.1 4.3 4.3
2007 4.6 5.0 4.9 4.5 4.3 4.3 4.7 4.9 4.6 4.5 4.4 4.5 4.8
2008 5.8 5.4 5.2 5.2 4.8 5.2 5.7 6.0 6.1 6.0 6.1 6.5 7.1
2009 9.3 8.5 8.9 9.0 8.6 9.1 9.7 9.7 9.6 9.5 9.5 9.4 9.7
2010 9.6 10.6 10.4 10.2 9.5 9.3 9.6 9.7 9.5 9.2 9.0 9.3 9.1
2011 8.9 9.8 9.5 9.2 8.7 8.7 9.3 9.3 9.1 8.8 8.5 8.2 8.3
2012 8.1
8.8 8.7 8.4 7.7 7.9 8.4 8.6 8.2 7.6 7.5 7.8 7.9
2013 7.4 7.9 7.7 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.3 7.2 7.2 7.2 7.0 6.7
2014 - 6.6 - - - - - - - - - - -

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey," data.bls.gov (accessed Mar. 3, 2014)