Unemployment in September 2014

October 07, 2014

In September 2014, the unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage point to 5.9 percent and the number of unemployed persons decreased by 329,000 to 9.3 million. From September 2013 to September 2014, the unemployment rate dropped 1.3 percentage points and the number of unemployed declined by 1.9 million.

Number of people who are unemployed, by selected characteristics, January 2010–September 2014
Month Total unemployed Job losers and people completing temporary jobs People unemployed for 27 weeks or more

Jan 2010

14,953,000 9,333,000 6,334,000

Feb 2010

15,121,000 9,602,000 6,170,000

Mar 2010

15,212,000 9,576,000 6,576,000

Apr 2010

15,333,000 9,418,000 6,770,000

May 2010

14,858,000 9,234,000 6,644,000

Jun 2010

14,483,000 9,038,000 6,604,000

Jul 2010

14,527,000 9,015,000 6,484,000

Aug 2010

14,660,000 9,137,000 6,234,000

Sep 2010

14,578,000 9,134,000 6,151,000

Oct 2010

14,520,000 8,876,000 6,232,000

Nov 2010

15,097,000 9,484,000 6,319,000

Dec 2010

14,373,000 8,807,000 6,431,000

Jan 2011

13,910,000 8,468,000 6,220,000

Feb 2011

13,858,000 8,370,000 5,969,000

Mar 2011

13,748,000 8,346,000 6,150,000

Apr 2011

13,944,000 8,299,000 5,901,000

May 2011

13,873,000 8,271,000 6,158,000

Jun 2011

13,971,000 8,157,000 6,208,000

Jul 2011

13,785,000 8,135,000 6,142,000

Aug 2011

13,820,000 8,024,000 6,001,000

Sep 2011

13,905,000 7,990,000 6,266,000

Oct 2011

13,604,000 7,866,000 5,861,000

Nov 2011

13,326,000 7,634,000 5,681,000

Dec 2011

13,090,000 7,531,000 5,600,000

Jan 2012

12,650,000 7,270,000 5,524,000

Feb 2012

12,883,000 7,167,000 5,352,000

Mar 2012

12,732,000 7,051,000 5,292,000

Apr 2012

12,603,000 6,859,000 5,106,000

May 2012

12,689,000 6,980,000 5,392,000

Jun 2012

12,702,000 7,106,000 5,331,000

Jul 2012

12,698,000 7,121,000 5,166,000

Aug 2012

12,464,000 6,885,000 5,003,000

Sep 2012

12,070,000 6,508,000 4,875,000

Oct 2012

12,138,000 6,511,000 5,021,000

Nov 2012

12,045,000 6,434,000 4,767,000

Dec 2012

12,273,000 6,475,000 4,772,000

Jan 2013

12,315,000 6,675,000 4,707,000

Feb 2013

12,047,000 6,495,000 4,750,000

Mar 2013

11,706,000 6,321,000 4,576,000

Apr 2013

11,683,000 6,367,000 4,360,000

May 2013

11,690,000 6,094,000 4,353,000

Jun 2013

11,747,000 6,089,000 4,325,000

Jul 2013

11,408,000 5,894,000 4,246,000

Aug 2013

11,256,000 5,887,000 4,269,000

Sep 2013

11,203,000 5,803,000 4,125,000

Oct 2013

11,140,000 6,162,000 4,047,000

Nov 2013

10,841,000 5,731,000 4,044,000

Dec 2013

10,351,000 5,366,000 3,878,000

Jan 2014

10,236,000 5,407,000 3,646,000

Feb 2014

10,459,000 5,448,000 3,849,000

Mar 2014

10,486,000 5,489,000 3,739,000

Apr 2014

9,753,000 5,236,000 3,452,000

May 2014

9,799,000 5,018,000 3,374,000

Jun 2014

9,474,000 4,862,000 3,081,000

Jul 2014

9,671,000 4,859,000 3,155,000

Aug 2014

9,591,000 4,836,000 2,963,000

Sep 2014

9,262,000 4,530,000 2,954,000

Among the unemployed, the number of job losers and people who completed temporary jobs decreased by 306,000 in September to 4.5 million. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was essentially unchanged at 3.0 million in September. The long-term unemployed accounted for 31.9 percent of the unemployed. Over the past 12 months, the number of long-term unemployed is down by 1.2 million.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "The Employment Situation — September 2014" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑14‑1796. More charts featuring Current Population Survey data can be found in Charting the labor market: Data from the Current Population Survey (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment in September 2014 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20141007.htm (visited July 21, 2019).

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