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Unemployment rate little changed at 7.2 percent in September 2013

October 24, 2013

The unemployment rate, at 7.2 percent, changed little in September but has declined by 0.4 percentage point since June. The unemployment rate for women age 16 or older was 6.7 percent in September, while the rate for men age 16 or older was 7.7 percent.

Unemployment rates by sex, seasonally adjusted, January 2006–August 2013
Unemployment rates by sex, seasonally adjusted, January 2006–September 2013
MonthBoth sexesWomenMen

January 2006

4.74.84.6

February 2006

4.84.84.8

March 2006

4.74.74.7

April 2006

4.74.74.7

May 2006

4.64.54.7

June 2006

4.64.64.6

July 2006

4.74.74.7

August 2006

4.74.64.7

September 2006

4.54.74.4

October 2006

4.44.44.4

November 2006

4.54.54.5

December 2006

4.44.44.5

January 2007

4.64.54.7

February 2007

4.54.34.7

March 2007

4.44.34.5

April 2007

4.54.44.6

May 2007

4.44.34.6

June 2007

4.64.44.7

July 2007

4.74.64.7

August 2007

4.64.64.7

September 2007

4.74.54.8

October 2007

4.74.64.8

November 2007

4.74.64.8

December 2007

5.04.95.1

January 2008

5.04.85.2

February 2008

4.94.75.0

March 2008

5.15.05.2

April 2008

5.04.85.2

May 2008

5.45.25.6

June 2008

5.65.35.8

July 2008

5.85.36.2

August 2008

6.15.96.3

September 2008

6.15.56.7

October 2008

6.55.97.1

November 2008

6.86.27.4

December 2008

7.36.58.0

January 2009

7.86.98.6

February 2009

8.37.39.2

March 2009

8.77.69.7

April 2009

9.07.610.1

May 2009

9.48.010.6

June 2009

9.58.310.6

July 2009

9.58.310.5

August 2009

9.68.310.7

September 2009

9.88.510.9

October 2009

10.08.711.2

November 2009

9.98.611.0

December 2009

9.98.710.9

January 2010

9.88.411.0

February 2010

9.88.610.9

March 2010

9.98.710.9

April 2010

9.98.810.8

May 2010

9.68.810.4

June 2010

9.48.310.4

July 2010

9.58.510.3

August 2010

9.58.610.3

September 2010

9.58.610.3

October 2010

9.58.810.1

November 2010

9.89.010.5

December 2010

9.38.510.0

January 2011

9.18.59.7

February 2011

9.08.59.5

March 2011

8.98.49.4

April 2011

9.08.59.6

May 2011

9.08.59.5

June 2011

9.18.59.6

July 2011

9.08.59.5

August 2011

9.08.59.4

September 2011

9.08.79.3

October 2011

8.98.49.3

November 2011

8.68.38.9

December 2011

8.58.28.7

January 2012

8.38.28.3

February 2012

8.38.18.4

March 2012

8.28.18.3

April 2012

8.18.08.2

May 2012

8.27.98.4

June 2012

8.27.98.4

July 2012

8.28.18.4

August 2012

8.17.88.3

September 2012

7.87.58.0

October 2012

7.97.78.0

November 2012

7.87.67.9

December 2012

7.87.87.9

January 2013

7.97.88.0

February 2013

7.77.77.8

March 2013

7.67.67.6

April 2013

7.57.37.7

May 2013

7.67.17.9

June 2013

7.67.37.8

July 2013

7.47.07.7

August 2013

7.36.87.7

September 2013

7.26.77.7

The unemployment rates for Whites (6.3 percent), Blacks (12.9 percent), and Hispanics or Latinos (9.0 percent) showed little or no change in September. The jobless rate for Asians was 5.3 percent (not seasonally adjusted), little changed from a year earlier.

The number of unemployed persons, at 11.3 million in September, was also little changed over the month, although the number has decreased by 522,000 since June. In September, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 4.1 million. These individuals accounted for 36.9 percent of the unemployed. The number of long-term unemployed has declined by 725,000 over the past year.

Number of unemployed persons by duration of unemployment, seasonally adjusted, January 2006–September 2013
Number of unemployed persons by duration of unemployment, seasonally adjusted, January 2006–September 2013
MonthLess than 5 weeks5 to 14 weeks15 to 26 weeks27 weeks and over

January 2006

2,527,0002,194,0001,100,0001,170,000

February 2006

2,577,0002,088,0001,195,0001,350,000

March 2006

2,659,0001,999,0001,064,0001,309,000

April 2006

2,665,0002,142,0001,022,0001,331,000

May 2006

2,545,0002,189,000969,0001,333,000

June 2006

2,705,0002,076,000982,0001,145,000

July 2006

2,721,0002,126,000986,0001,304,000

August 2006

2,603,0002,246,000987,0001,306,000

September 2006

2,608,0002,053,000986,0001,245,000

October 2006

2,616,0002,103,000984,0001,078,000

November 2006

2,511,0002,212,0001,028,0001,131,000

December 2006

2,596,0002,047,000990,0001,093,000

January 2007

2,561,0002,267,0001,015,0001,141,000

February 2007

2,574,0002,168,000962,0001,249,000

March 2007

2,307,0002,138,0001,010,0001,245,000

April 2007

2,456,0002,178,0001,075,0001,206,000

May 2007

2,464,0002,183,0001,100,0001,132,000

June 2007

2,551,0002,134,0001,138,0001,143,000

July 2007

2,502,0002,203,0001,073,0001,291,000

August 2007

2,614,0002,156,0001,086,0001,246,000

September 2007

2,557,0002,292,0001,091,0001,264,000

October 2007

2,545,0002,502,0001,003,0001,298,000

November 2007

2,645,0002,241,000992,0001,374,000

December 2007

2,718,0002,376,0001,177,0001,324,000

January 2008

2,554,0002,406,0001,152,0001,388,000

February 2008

2,653,0002,370,0001,116,0001,329,000

March 2008

2,823,0002,537,0001,168,0001,323,000

April 2008

2,493,0002,574,0001,314,0001,372,000

May 2008

3,278,0002,476,0001,219,0001,561,000

June 2008

2,753,0003,016,0001,337,0001,576,000

July 2008

2,854,0002,833,0001,450,0001,664,000

August 2008

3,256,0002,758,0001,554,0001,866,000

September 2008

2,848,0003,035,0001,599,0002,027,000

October 2008

3,170,0003,055,0001,710,0002,280,000

November 2008

3,335,0003,260,0001,704,0002,219,000

December 2008

3,255,0003,498,0001,936,0002,610,000

January 2009

3,530,0003,656,0002,067,0002,700,000

February 2009

3,436,0003,932,0002,442,0003,011,000

March 2009

3,421,0004,119,0002,620,0003,261,000

April 2009

3,337,0004,138,0002,659,0003,723,000

May 2009

3,246,0004,438,0003,053,0003,970,000

June 2009

3,132,0004,055,0003,471,0004,349,000

July 2009

3,136,0003,529,0002,919,0004,915,000

August 2009

2,953,0003,930,0002,780,0005,044,000

September 2009

2,845,0003,776,0002,910,0005,492,000

October 2009

3,230,0003,550,0003,020,0005,647,000

November 2009

2,812,0003,454,0002,854,0005,922,000

December 2009

2,880,0003,452,0002,728,0006,124,000

January 2010

2,938,0003,379,0002,575,0006,334,000

February 2010

2,782,0003,381,0002,723,0006,202,000

March 2010

2,703,0003,287,0002,498,0006,580,000

April 2010

2,711,0003,078,0002,414,0006,704,000

May 2010

2,782,0003,104,0002,263,0006,639,000

June 2010

2,718,0003,164,0002,267,0006,607,000

July 2010

2,807,0003,029,0002,208,0006,485,000

August 2010

2,701,0003,541,0002,151,0006,248,000

September 2010

2,828,0003,310,0002,297,0006,147,000

October 2010

2,659,0003,340,0002,413,0006,233,000

November 2010

2,895,0003,312,0002,392,0006,338,000

December 2010

2,680,0003,154,0002,144,0006,428,000

January 2011

2,704,0003,008,0002,214,0006,219,000

February 2011

2,437,0003,098,0002,199,0006,006,000

March 2011

2,453,0002,969,0001,999,0006,157,000

April 2011

2,749,0002,965,0002,150,0005,834,000

May 2011

2,696,0002,899,0002,051,0006,153,000

June 2011

2,999,0002,996,0001,868,0006,213,000

July 2011

2,643,0003,026,0001,992,0006,143,000

August 2011

2,697,0003,006,0002,189,0006,020,000

September 2011

2,758,0002,889,0002,023,0006,261,000

October 2011

2,670,0003,240,0001,985,0005,859,000

November 2011

2,535,0002,900,0002,055,0005,698,000

December 2011

2,640,0002,840,0001,987,0005,596,000

January 2012

2,495,0002,874,0001,944,0005,522,000

February 2012

2,563,0002,817,0001,974,0005,392,000

March 2012

2,596,0002,784,0001,877,0005,302,000

April 2012

2,567,0002,841,0001,984,0005,040,000

May 2012

2,602,0003,007,0001,703,0005,385,000

June 2012

2,825,0002,826,0001,813,0005,336,000

July 2012

2,697,0003,102,0001,756,0005,167,000

August 2012

2,865,0002,848,0001,823,0005,023,000

September 2012

2,535,0002,825,0001,866,0004,871,000

October 2012

2,633,0002,847,0001,813,0005,017,000

November 2012

2,596,0002,757,0001,820,0004,784,000

December 2012

2,676,0002,838,0001,895,0004,766,000

January 2013

2,766,0003,028,0001,858,0004,708,000

February 2013

2,667,0002,782,0001,695,0004,797,000

March 2013

2,464,0002,838,0001,737,0004,611,000

April 2013

2,474,0002,848,0001,967,0004,353,000

May 2013

2,706,0002,669,0001,950,0004,357,000

June 2013

2,692,0002,864,0001,896,0004,328,000

July 2013

2,563,0002,869,0001,788,0004,246,000

August 2013

2,563,0002,766,0001,694,0004,290,000

September 2013

2,596,0002,703,0001,804,0004,146,000

These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "The Employment Situation — September 2013" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑13‑2035. Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Unemployment rate little changed at 7.2 percent in September 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20131024.htm (visited April 25, 2014).

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