April 23, 2008
The number of unemployed persons was 7.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2007, an increase of 600,000 compared with the level in the fourth quarter of 2006.
The unemployment rate for persons aged 16 years and older was 4.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2007, up from 4.4 percent in the same quarter a year earlier; it remained below the 10-year averages for the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Unemployment in 2007 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2008/apr/wk3/art03.htm (visited August 21, 2014).
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