Unemployment in November 2009

December 08, 2009

In November, both the number of unemployed persons, at 15.4 million, and the unemployment rate, at 10.0 percent, edged down. At the start of the recession in December 2007, the number of unemployed persons was 7.5 million, and the jobless rate was 4.9 percent.

Number of unemployed and unemployment rate, January 2007–November 2009
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Among the major worker groups, unemployment rates for adult men (10.5 percent), adult women (7.9 percent), teenagers (26.7 percent), whites (9.3 percent), blacks (15.6 percent), and Hispanics (12.7 percent) showed little change in November.

Among the unemployed, the number of job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs fell by 463,000 in November.

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) rose by 293,000 to 5.9 million. The percentage of unemployed persons jobless for 27 weeks or more increased by 2.7 percentage points to 38.3 percent.

These data are from the Current Population Survey and are seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — November 2009" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL 09-1479.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Unemployment in November 2009 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/ted_20091208.htm (visited July 29, 2014).

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