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Unemployment in May 2013

June 11, 2013

Both the number of unemployed persons, at 11.8 million, and the unemployment rate, at 7.6 percent, were essentially unchanged in May.

Unemployment rate and the number of unemployed, seasonally adjusted, January 2010–May 2013
Month and yearNumber of unemployedUnemployment rate

Jan 2010

15,016,0009.8

Feb 2010

15,078,0009.8

Mar 2010

15,192,0009.9

Apr 2010

15,281,0009.9

May 2010

14,856,0009.6

Jun 2010

14,475,0009.4

Jul 2010

14,542,0009.5

Aug 2010

14,673,0009.5

Sep 2010

14,577,0009.5

Oct 2010

14,584,0009.5

Nov 2010

15,094,0009.8

Dec 2010

14,354,0009.3

Jan 2011

13,992,0009.1

Feb 2011

13,798,0009.0

Mar 2011

13,716,0008.9

Apr 2011

13,872,0009.0

May 2011

13,871,0009.0

Jun 2011

13,964,0009.1

Jul 2011

13,817,0009.0

Aug 2011

13,837,0009.0

Sep 2011

13,910,0009.0

Oct 2011

13,696,0008.9

Nov 2011

13,325,0008.6

Dec 2011

13,049,0008.5

Jan 2012

12,748,0008.3

Feb 2012

12,806,0008.3

Mar 2012

12,686,0008.2

Apr 2012

12,518,0008.1

May 2012

12,695,0008.2

Jun 2012

12,701,0008.2

Jul 2012

12,745,0008.2

Aug 2012

12,483,0008.1

Sep 2012

12,082,0007.8

Oct 2012

12,248,0007.9

Nov 2012

12,042,0007.8

Dec 2012

12,206,0007.8

Jan 2013

12,332,0007.9

Feb 2013

12,032,0007.7

Mar 2013

11,742,0007.6

Apr 2013

11,659,0007.5

May 2013

11,760,0007.6

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (7.2 percent), adult women (6.5 percent), teenagers (24.5 percent), whites (6.7 percent), blacks (13.5 percent), and Hispanics (9.1 percent) showed little or no change in May. The jobless rate for Asians was 4.3 percent (not seasonally adjusted), little changed from a year earlier.

In May, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was unchanged at 4.4 million. These individuals accounted for 37.3 percent of the unemployed. Over the past 12 months, the number of long-term unemployed has declined by 1.0 million.

These data are from the Current Population Survey and are seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — May 2013," (HTML) (PDF) news release USDL‑13‑1102.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Unemployment in May 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130611.htm (visited July 26, 2014).

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