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.
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.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment in November 2009 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/ted_20091208.htm (visited January 31, 2023).