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Unemployment rate falls to 6.9 percent in October 2020

November 12, 2020

The unemployment rate decreased by 1.0 percentage point to 6.9 percent in October 2020. That was the sixth consecutive month the rate has declined, but it was still nearly twice the February rate of 3.5 percent. Unemployment rates in October fell to 6.0 percent for Whites, 10.8 percent for Blacks, 7.6 percent for Asians, and 8.8 percent for Hispanics.

Civilian unemployment rate by race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, January 2003–October 2020
Month Total White Black or African American Asian Hispanic or Latino

Jan 2003

5.8% 5.2% 10.5% 5.5% 7.9%

Feb 2003

5.9 5.1 10.7 5.8 7.7

Mar 2003

5.9 5.1 10.3 6.5 7.8

Apr 2003

6.0 5.3 10.9 6.0 7.6

May 2003

6.1 5.4 10.9 5.5 8.0

Jun 2003

6.3 5.5 11.5 7.4 8.3

Jul 2003

6.2 5.4 10.9 5.9 8.0

Aug 2003

6.1 5.4 10.9 6.0 7.7

Sep 2003

6.1 5.3 11.1 6.4 7.3

Oct 2003

6.0 5.1 11.4 6.2 7.5

Nov 2003

5.8 5.2 10.2 5.2 7.4

Dec 2003

5.7 5.0 10.1 5.4 6.7

Jan 2004

5.7 5.0 10.4 5.0 7.3

Feb 2004

5.6 4.9 9.7 4.5 7.4

Mar 2004

5.8 5.1 10.3 4.3 7.6

Apr 2004

5.6 5.0 9.8 4.7 7.1

May 2004

5.6 4.9 10.1 4.6 6.9

Jun 2004

5.6 5.0 10.2 4.6 6.6

Jul 2004

5.5 4.7 11.0 3.9 6.8

Aug 2004

5.4 4.7 10.5 3.7 6.8

Sep 2004

5.4 4.6 10.3 4.5 6.8

Oct 2004

5.5 4.6 10.8 4.9 6.8

Nov 2004

5.4 4.6 10.7 4.1 6.7

Dec 2004

5.4 4.5 10.7 4.2 6.6

Jan 2005

5.3 4.5 10.6 4.1 6.0

Feb 2005

5.4 4.6 10.9 4.3 6.3

Mar 2005

5.2 4.5 10.5 3.9 5.8

Apr 2005

5.2 4.4 10.3 4.2 6.4

May 2005

5.1 4.4 10.1 4.2 6.0

Jun 2005

5.0 4.3 10.2 3.6 5.7

Jul 2005

5.0 4.2 9.2 4.8 5.5

Aug 2005

4.9 4.2 9.7 3.7 5.8

Sep 2005

5.0 4.4 9.4 4.3 6.4

Oct 2005

5.0 4.4 9.1 3.2 6.0

Nov 2005

5.0 4.3 10.6 3.6 6.1

Dec 2005

4.9 4.2 9.2 3.8 6.1

Jan 2006

4.7 4.1 8.9 3.0 5.5

Feb 2006

4.8 4.1 9.5 3.0 5.4

Mar 2006

4.7 4.0 9.5 3.5 5.2

Apr 2006

4.7 4.1 9.4 3.9 5.5

May 2006

4.6 4.1 8.7 3.3 5.0

Jun 2006

4.6 4.1 8.9 3.1 5.2

Jul 2006

4.7 4.1 9.5 2.4 5.2

Aug 2006

4.7 4.1 8.8 3.0 5.3

Sep 2006

4.5 3.9 9.0 3.0 5.5

Oct 2006

4.4 3.9 8.4 2.8 4.8

Nov 2006

4.5 4.0 8.5 3.1 5.1

Dec 2006

4.4 3.9 8.3 2.5 5.0

Jan 2007

4.6 4.2 7.9 3.1 5.5

Feb 2007

4.5 4.1 8.0 2.6 5.1

Mar 2007

4.4 3.8 8.4 3.0 5.0

Apr 2007

4.5 4.0 8.3 3.5 5.6

May 2007

4.4 3.9 8.3 3.2 5.8

Jun 2007

4.6 4.1 8.5 2.7 5.5

Jul 2007

4.7 4.2 8.1 2.7 5.9

Aug 2007

4.6 4.2 7.6 3.5 5.5

Sep 2007

4.7 4.2 8.0 3.4 5.9

Oct 2007

4.7 4.1 8.5 3.8 5.7

Nov 2007

4.7 4.2 8.5 3.6 5.9

Dec 2007

5.0 4.4 9.0 3.7 6.3

Jan 2008

5.0 4.4 9.1 3.1 6.3

Feb 2008

4.9 4.4 8.4 2.9 6.2

Mar 2008

5.1 4.5 9.2 3.6 6.9

Apr 2008

5.0 4.4 8.6 3.5 7.1

May 2008

5.4 4.8 9.6 4.1 6.9

Jun 2008

5.6 5.0 9.4 4.2 7.6

Jul 2008

5.8 5.2 10.0 3.7 7.5

Aug 2008

6.1 5.4 10.6 4.5 8.0

Sep 2008

6.1 5.4 11.3 4.0 8.0

Oct 2008

6.5 5.9 11.4 3.9 8.8

Nov 2008

6.8 6.2 11.5 4.8 8.7

Dec 2008

7.3 6.7 12.1 5.1 9.4

Jan 2009

7.8 7.1 12.7 6.1 10.1

Feb 2009

8.3 7.6 13.7 6.7 11.3

Mar 2009

8.7 8.0 13.7 6.5 11.7

Apr 2009

9.0 8.1 15.0 6.8 11.4

May 2009

9.4 8.5 15.0 7.0 12.3

Jun 2009

9.5 8.7 14.8 7.9 12.1

Jul 2009

9.5 8.7 14.8 8.1 12.5

Aug 2009

9.6 8.9 14.8 7.6 13.0

Sep 2009

9.8 8.9 15.3 7.6 12.6

Oct 2009

10.0 9.2 15.8 7.6 12.8

Nov 2009

9.9 9.2 15.7 7.2 12.4

Dec 2009

9.9 9.0 16.1 8.4 12.8

Jan 2010

9.8 8.8 16.5 8.3 12.9

Feb 2010

9.8 8.9 16.1 8.2 12.7

Mar 2010

9.9 8.9 16.8 7.6 12.9

Apr 2010

9.9 9.0 16.6 7.0 12.5

May 2010

9.6 8.7 15.5 7.8 12.0

Jun 2010

9.4 8.6 15.2 7.4 12.3

Jul 2010

9.4 8.5 15.6 7.9 12.2

Aug 2010

9.5 8.6 15.9 7.3 12.0

Sep 2010

9.5 8.6 16.0 6.6 12.3

Oct 2010

9.4 8.6 15.6 7.2 12.3

Nov 2010

9.8 8.9 16.2 7.5 12.9

Dec 2010

9.3 8.5 15.5 7.2 12.9

Jan 2011

9.1 8.1 15.8 6.8 12.3

Feb 2011

9.0 8.1 15.5 6.7 11.8

Mar 2011

9.0 8.0 15.8 7.3 11.6

Apr 2011

9.1 8.1 16.5 6.5 11.9

May 2011

9.0 7.9 16.3 7.2 11.6

Jun 2011

9.1 8.1 16.2 6.5 11.5

Jul 2011

9.0 8.0 15.9 7.4 11.2

Aug 2011

9.0 7.9 16.4 7.2 11.2

Sep 2011

9.0 7.9 15.9 8.0 11.2

Oct 2011

8.8 7.9 14.6 7.4 11.3

Nov 2011

8.6 7.7 15.6 6.4 11.2

Dec 2011

8.5 7.5 15.4 6.8 11.1

Jan 2012

8.3 7.4 13.6 6.7 10.7

Feb 2012

8.3 7.4 14.0 6.2 10.9

Mar 2012

8.2 7.3 14.0 6.4 10.6

Apr 2012

8.2 7.4 13.3 5.4 10.3

May 2012

8.2 7.4 13.5 5.5 10.9

Jun 2012

8.2 7.3 14.5 6.1 10.9

Jul 2012

8.2 7.3 14.2 5.9 10.2

Aug 2012

8.1 7.2 13.8 5.9 10.1

Sep 2012

7.8 7.0 13.6 4.9 9.7

Oct 2012

7.8 6.9 14.1 4.9 10.0

Nov 2012

7.7 6.8 13.3 6.3 9.9

Dec 2012

7.9 6.9 14.0 6.6 9.6

Jan 2013

8.0 7.1 13.7 6.4 9.7

Feb 2013

7.7 6.8 13.8 6.0 9.7

Mar 2013

7.5 6.7 13.0 5.1 9.3

Apr 2013

7.6 6.7 13.3 5.3 9.0

May 2013

7.5 6.7 13.4 4.5 9.0

Jun 2013

7.5 6.6 14.2 4.7 9.1

Jul 2013

7.3 6.5 12.6 5.3 9.4

Aug 2013

7.2 6.4 12.8 5.1 9.2

Sep 2013

7.2 6.3 13.0 5.4 8.8

Oct 2013

7.2 6.3 12.8 5.4 9.1

Nov 2013

6.9 6.1 12.3 5.2 8.7

Dec 2013

6.7 5.9 11.9 4.3 8.3

Jan 2014

6.6 5.7 12.1 4.7 8.3

Feb 2014

6.7 5.8 11.8 5.9 8.2

Mar 2014

6.7 5.8 12.1 5.5 7.9

Apr 2014

6.2 5.3 11.6 5.9 7.2

May 2014

6.3 5.4 11.4 5.7 7.7

Jun 2014

6.1 5.3 11.0 4.7 7.8

Jul 2014

6.2 5.3 11.6 4.2 7.7

Aug 2014

6.1 5.3 11.4 4.5 7.4

Sep 2014

5.9 5.1 11.0 4.4 6.8

Oct 2014

5.7 4.9 10.6 5.1 6.8

Nov 2014

5.8 5.0 10.9 4.8 6.6

Dec 2014

5.6 4.7 10.6 4.4 6.4

Jan 2015

5.7 4.9 10.3 4.0 6.7

Feb 2015

5.5 4.7 10.1 4.0 6.8

Mar 2015

5.4 4.8 9.9 3.2 6.8

Apr 2015

5.4 4.7 9.7 4.4 6.8

May 2015

5.6 4.8 10.3 4.1 6.8

Jun 2015

5.3 4.6 9.7 3.9 6.7

Jul 2015

5.2 4.5 9.1 3.9 6.9

Aug 2015

5.1 4.4 9.4 3.4 6.6

Sep 2015

5.0 4.4 9.3 3.5 6.2

Oct 2015

5.0 4.4 9.0 3.5 6.3

Nov 2015

5.1 4.4 9.4 3.9 6.4

Dec 2015

5.0 4.4 8.5 4.1 6.2

Jan 2016

4.9 4.2 8.7 3.6 5.8

Feb 2016

4.9 4.3 8.5 3.8 5.4

Mar 2016

5.0 4.3 8.9 3.9 5.5

Apr 2016

5.0 4.4 8.8 3.8 6.1

May 2016

4.8 4.2 8.2 4.2 5.6

Jun 2016

4.9 4.3 8.8 3.5 5.9

Jul 2016

4.8 4.2 8.4 3.8 5.5

Aug 2016

4.9 4.3 8.0 4.1 5.6

Sep 2016

5.0 4.4 8.5 3.8 6.4

Oct 2016

4.9 4.4 8.4 3.4 5.8

Nov 2016

4.7 4.2 8.1 3.1 5.8

Dec 2016

4.7 4.2 7.9 2.7 5.9

Jan 2017

4.7 4.2 7.5 3.7 5.8

Feb 2017

4.6 4.0 7.9 3.4 5.5

Mar 2017

4.4 3.9 7.9 3.3 5.0

Apr 2017

4.4 3.9 7.9 3.3 5.1

May 2017

4.4 3.8 7.7 3.7 5.2

Jun 2017

4.3 3.8 7.1 3.6 4.9

Jul 2017

4.3 3.7 7.4 3.8 5.1

Aug 2017

4.4 3.8 7.7 3.9 5.2

Sep 2017

4.2 3.7 7.2 3.6 5.1

Oct 2017

4.1 3.5 7.4 3.0 4.9

Nov 2017

4.2 3.7 7.4 3.0 4.8

Dec 2017

4.1 3.7 6.7 2.5 5.0

Jan 2018

4.1 3.5 7.5 3.0 5.0

Feb 2018

4.1 3.7 6.7 2.9 4.9

Mar 2018

4.0 3.6 6.8 3.1 5.0

Apr 2018

4.0 3.6 6.4 2.8 4.8

May 2018

3.8 3.5 5.9 2.2 4.9

Jun 2018

4.0 3.5 6.5 3.2 4.5

Jul 2018

3.8 3.3 6.6 3.1 4.4

Aug 2018

3.8 3.4 6.3 3.0 4.7

Sep 2018

3.7 3.3 6.2 3.5 4.6

Oct 2018

3.8 3.3 6.3 3.1 4.4

Nov 2018

3.7 3.4 6.1 2.8 4.5

Dec 2018

3.9 3.4 6.6 3.3 4.4

Jan 2019

4.0 3.5 6.8 3.1 4.8

Feb 2019

3.8 3.3 6.9 3.1 4.3

Mar 2019

3.8 3.4 6.6 3.1 4.7

Apr 2019

3.6 3.1 6.6 2.2 4.2

May 2019

3.6 3.3 6.2 2.5 4.2

Jun 2019

3.7 3.3 6.0 2.1 4.3

Jul 2019

3.7 3.3 5.9 2.8 4.5

Aug 2019

3.7 3.4 5.4 2.8 4.2

Sep 2019

3.5 3.2 5.5 2.5 3.9

Oct 2019

3.6 3.2 5.5 2.8 4.1

Nov 2019

3.5 3.2 5.6 2.6 4.2

Dec 2019

3.5 3.2 5.9 2.5 4.2

Jan 2020

3.6 3.1 6.0 3.0 4.3

Feb 2020

3.5 3.1 5.8 2.5 4.4

Mar 2020

4.4 4.0 6.7 4.1 6.0

Apr 2020

14.7 14.2 16.7 14.5 18.9

May 2020

13.3 12.4 16.8 15.0 17.6

Jun 2020

11.1 10.1 15.4 13.8 14.5

Jul 2020

10.2 9.2 14.6 12.0 12.9

Aug 2020

8.4 7.3 13.0 10.7 10.5

Sep 2020

7.9 7.0 12.1 8.9 10.3

Oct 2020

6.9 6.0 10.8 7.6 8.8

Among the unemployed, the number of people on temporary layoff fell by 1.4 million in October to 3.2 million. This measure is down considerably from the high of 18.1 million in April but is 2.4 million higher than in February. The number of permanent job losers, at 3.7 million, changed little in October but is 2.4 million higher than in February.

Number of unemployed people by reasons for unemployment, January 2003–October 2020
Month Job losers on temporary layoff Permanent job losers Persons who completed temporary jobs Job leavers Reentrants New entrants

Jan 2003

1,105,000 2,729,000 937,000 841,000 2,389,000 599,000

Feb 2003

1,127,000 2,802,000 918,000 771,000 2,411,000 584,000

Mar 2003

1,142,000 2,762,000 904,000 815,000 2,416,000 630,000

Apr 2003

1,128,000 2,771,000 908,000 823,000 2,547,000 635,000

May 2003

1,251,000 2,895,000 924,000 776,000 2,504,000 630,000

Jun 2003

1,156,000 2,866,000 935,000 871,000 2,713,000 661,000

Jul 2003

1,117,000 2,975,000 868,000 787,000 2,525,000 669,000

Aug 2003

1,105,000 3,089,000 816,000 789,000 2,489,000 652,000

Sep 2003

1,148,000 3,023,000 761,000 837,000 2,414,000 686,000

Oct 2003

1,101,000 2,864,000 831,000 804,000 2,497,000 636,000

Nov 2003

1,069,000 2,726,000 848,000 922,000 2,396,000 593,000

Dec 2003

1,048,000 2,648,000 805,000 785,000 2,352,000 693,000

Jan 2004

1,032,000 2,583,000 784,000 817,000 2,550,000 676,000

Feb 2004

1,051,000 2,538,000 745,000 822,000 2,402,000 666,000

Mar 2004

1,021,000 2,721,000 872,000 864,000 2,447,000 631,000

Apr 2004

995,000 2,528,000 794,000 837,000 2,327,000 652,000

May 2004

956,000 2,415,000 791,000 841,000 2,469,000 718,000

Jun 2004

993,000 2,400,000 689,000 914,000 2,565,000 649,000

Jul 2004

1,045,000 2,325,000 820,000 894,000 2,280,000 702,000

Aug 2004

1,000,000 2,107,000 876,000 878,000 2,398,000 704,000

Sep 2004

940,000 2,216,000 854,000 814,000 2,375,000 695,000

Oct 2004

939,000 2,260,000 859,000 825,000 2,397,000 734,000

Nov 2004

952,000 2,265,000 832,000 881,000 2,306,000 700,000

Dec 2004

958,000 2,231,000 854,000 919,000 2,314,000 702,000

Jan 2005

966,000 2,239,000 831,000 815,000 2,327,000 621,000

Feb 2005

962,000 2,125,000 852,000 955,000 2,406,000 753,000

Mar 2005

944,000 2,061,000 774,000 879,000 2,401,000 712,000

Apr 2005

827,000 1,998,000 804,000 907,000 2,373,000 764,000

May 2005

883,000 1,912,000 812,000 931,000 2,396,000 710,000

Jun 2005

971,000 1,912,000 747,000 858,000 2,359,000 650,000

Jul 2005

939,000 1,917,000 684,000 817,000 2,407,000 630,000

Aug 2005

901,000 1,782,000 771,000 828,000 2,415,000 626,000

Sep 2005

1,032,000 1,889,000 855,000 863,000 2,367,000 607,000

Oct 2005

925,000 1,884,000 752,000 884,000 2,337,000 638,000

Nov 2005

899,000 1,901,000 718,000 913,000 2,451,000 673,000

Dec 2005

933,000 1,822,000 746,000 817,000 2,361,000 633,000

Jan 2006

864,000 1,772,000 713,000 821,000 2,261,000 616,000

Feb 2006

890,000 1,761,000 716,000 872,000 2,316,000 711,000

Mar 2006

912,000 1,792,000 694,000 833,000 2,174,000 636,000

Apr 2006

886,000 1,826,000 793,000 853,000 2,172,000 591,000

May 2006

930,000 1,825,000 717,000 862,000 2,135,000 517,000

Jun 2006

1,009,000 1,617,000 743,000 828,000 2,163,000 646,000

Jul 2006

940,000 1,642,000 731,000 850,000 2,372,000 639,000

Aug 2006

894,000 1,707,000 681,000 854,000 2,274,000 646,000

Sep 2006

880,000 1,631,000 722,000 790,000 2,288,000 612,000

Oct 2006

950,000 1,493,000 682,000 779,000 2,255,000 572,000

Nov 2006

984,000 1,576,000 715,000 788,000 2,245,000 591,000

Dec 2006

968,000 1,607,000 669,000 785,000 2,162,000 586,000

Jan 2007

1,021,000 1,614,000 770,000 782,000 2,199,000 622,000

Feb 2007

1,038,000 1,643,000 714,000 846,000 2,082,000 599,000

Mar 2007

855,000 1,607,000 708,000 771,000 2,156,000 615,000

Apr 2007

1,000,000 1,636,000 718,000 742,000 2,162,000 620,000

May 2007

963,000 1,696,000 701,000 750,000 2,155,000 530,000

Jun 2007

884,000 1,758,000 741,000 828,000 2,113,000 640,000

Jul 2007

1,020,000 1,872,000 783,000 826,000 2,054,000 602,000

Aug 2007

967,000 1,891,000 767,000 797,000 2,047,000 588,000

Sep 2007

921,000 1,909,000 761,000 833,000 2,168,000 668,000

Oct 2007

1,048,000 1,886,000 772,000 782,000 2,086,000 696,000

Nov 2007

992,000 1,906,000 785,000 772,000 2,163,000 678,000

Dec 2007

965,000 2,017,000 889,000 778,000 2,334,000 679,000

Jan 2008

1,066,000 2,008,000 777,000 823,000 2,203,000 677,000

Feb 2008

993,000 2,061,000 841,000 796,000 2,129,000 656,000

Mar 2008

1,074,000 2,150,000 895,000 796,000 2,121,000 704,000

Apr 2008

1,109,000 2,135,000 823,000 847,000 2,119,000 625,000

May 2008

1,071,000 2,249,000 932,000 868,000 2,493,000 797,000

Jun 2008

1,092,000 2,372,000 926,000 859,000 2,533,000 786,000

Jul 2008

1,074,000 2,531,000 934,000 880,000 2,662,000 835,000

Aug 2008

1,246,000 2,719,000 977,000 1,019,000 2,655,000 821,000

Sep 2008

1,345,000 2,935,000 976,000 995,000 2,599,000 815,000

Oct 2008

1,325,000 3,374,000 1,007,000 931,000 2,623,000 819,000

Nov 2008

1,421,000 3,710,000 1,096,000 927,000 2,693,000 763,000

Dec 2008

1,505,000 3,982,000 1,166,000 990,000 2,826,000 803,000

Jan 2009

1,497,000 4,674,000 1,279,000 901,000 2,806,000 775,000

Feb 2009

1,519,000 5,101,000 1,459,000 837,000 2,939,000 999,000

Mar 2009

1,614,000 5,563,000 1,363,000 882,000 3,028,000 872,000

Apr 2009

1,684,000 5,929,000 1,348,000 869,000 3,107,000 901,000

May 2009

1,798,000 6,213,000 1,410,000 904,000 3,201,000 965,000

Jun 2009

1,712,000 6,386,000 1,431,000 819,000 3,331,000 1,001,000

Jul 2009

1,713,000 6,377,000 1,373,000 891,000 3,260,000 1,004,000

Aug 2009

1,654,000 6,559,000 1,428,000 842,000 3,282,000 1,085,000

Sep 2009

1,894,000 6,657,000 1,406,000 880,000 3,262,000 1,153,000

Oct 2009

1,672,000 6,762,000 1,497,000 903,000 3,411,000 1,102,000

Nov 2009

1,522,000 6,818,000 1,411,000 936,000 3,236,000 1,330,000

Dec 2009

1,496,000 6,684,000 1,411,000 923,000 3,371,000 1,241,000

Jan 2010

1,463,000 6,426,000 1,452,000 911,000 3,650,000 1,195,000

Feb 2010

1,575,000 6,699,000 1,321,000 877,000 3,469,000 1,192,000

Mar 2010

1,668,000 6,530,000 1,377,000 893,000 3,591,000 1,146,000

Apr 2010

1,391,000 6,625,000 1,398,000 930,000 3,772,000 1,187,000

May 2010

1,469,000 6,437,000 1,331,000 973,000 3,388,000 1,202,000

Jun 2010

1,353,000 6,385,000 1,301,000 888,000 3,300,000 1,174,000

Jul 2010

1,194,000 6,443,000 1,362,000 903,000 3,377,000 1,208,000

Aug 2010

1,444,000 6,320,000 1,363,000 870,000 3,372,000 1,278,000

Sep 2010

1,338,000 6,347,000 1,458,000 804,000 3,399,000 1,217,000

Oct 2010

1,272,000 6,134,000 1,479,000 854,000 3,481,000 1,277,000

Nov 2010

1,442,000 6,437,000 1,611,000 860,000 3,445,000 1,275,000

Dec 2010

1,374,000 5,944,000 1,513,000 920,000 3,379,000 1,306,000

Jan 2011

1,224,000 5,838,000 1,413,000 915,000 3,358,000 1,342,000

Feb 2011

1,302,000 5,680,000 1,370,000 888,000 3,348,000 1,287,000

Mar 2011

1,250,000 5,688,000 1,400,000 888,000 3,317,000 1,287,000

Apr 2011

1,289,000 5,578,000 1,427,000 951,000 3,416,000 1,305,000

May 2011

1,247,000 5,643,000 1,374,000 915,000 3,379,000 1,227,000

Jun 2011

1,183,000 5,574,000 1,400,000 969,000 3,514,000 1,242,000

Jul 2011

1,179,000 5,568,000 1,368,000 939,000 3,383,000 1,281,000

Aug 2011

1,181,000 5,426,000 1,402,000 979,000 3,520,000 1,254,000

Sep 2011

1,203,000 5,390,000 1,434,000 973,000 3,470,000 1,378,000

Oct 2011

1,247,000 5,240,000 1,404,000 1,086,000 3,370,000 1,287,000

Nov 2011

1,180,000 5,071,000 1,400,000 1,011,000 3,357,000 1,277,000

Dec 2011

1,238,000 5,028,000 1,289,000 952,000 3,359,000 1,282,000

Jan 2012

1,277,000 4,742,000 1,245,000 942,000 3,253,000 1,260,000

Feb 2012

1,163,000 4,683,000 1,289,000 1,035,000 3,342,000 1,367,000

Mar 2012

1,150,000 4,625,000 1,262,000 1,097,000 3,278,000 1,388,000

Apr 2012

1,106,000 4,506,000 1,236,000 1,008,000 3,392,000 1,376,000

May 2012

1,149,000 4,536,000 1,290,000 899,000 3,384,000 1,358,000

Jun 2012

1,239,000 4,561,000 1,314,000 929,000 3,296,000 1,325,000

Jul 2012

1,353,000 4,445,000 1,297,000 867,000 3,369,000 1,303,000

Aug 2012

1,168,000 4,415,000 1,250,000 943,000 3,352,000 1,257,000

Sep 2012

1,185,000 4,279,000 1,083,000 950,000 3,306,000 1,260,000

Oct 2012

1,089,000 4,252,000 1,212,000 1,037,000 3,298,000 1,301,000

Nov 2012

1,085,000 4,159,000 1,220,000 914,000 3,319,000 1,333,000

Dec 2012

1,126,000 4,120,000 1,269,000 992,000 3,592,000 1,291,000

Jan 2013

1,202,000 4,125,000 1,318,000 998,000 3,430,000 1,272,000

Feb 2013

1,083,000 4,087,000 1,283,000 947,000 3,306,000 1,253,000

Mar 2013

1,113,000 3,886,000 1,239,000 976,000 3,164,000 1,295,000

Apr 2013

1,202,000 3,897,000 1,239,000 888,000 3,184,000 1,302,000

May 2013

998,000 3,796,000 1,296,000 942,000 3,311,000 1,272,000

Jun 2013

1,153,000 3,733,000 1,233,000 1,029,000 3,381,000 1,246,000

Jul 2013

1,165,000 3,597,000 1,091,000 971,000 3,243,000 1,259,000

Aug 2013

1,017,000 3,712,000 1,164,000 880,000 3,150,000 1,289,000

Sep 2013

1,114,000 3,518,000 1,224,000 974,000 3,161,000 1,207,000

Oct 2013

1,579,000 3,523,000 1,153,000 852,000 3,057,000 1,221,000

Nov 2013

1,095,000 3,443,000 1,200,000 870,000 3,042,000 1,154,000

Dec 2013

1,008,000 3,258,000 1,166,000 855,000 3,009,000 1,199,000

Jan 2014

1,018,000 3,271,000 1,070,000 816,000 2,791,000 1,158,000

Feb 2014

1,016,000 3,224,000 1,182,000 814,000 2,969,000 1,209,000

Mar 2014

1,046,000 3,213,000 1,114,000 795,000 3,027,000 1,177,000

Apr 2014

1,051,000 3,022,000 1,104,000 806,000 2,622,000 1,082,000

May 2014

1,055,000 2,904,000 1,054,000 876,000 2,859,000 1,068,000

Jun 2014

987,000 2,790,000 1,036,000 854,000 2,794,000 1,036,000

Jul 2014

968,000 2,651,000 1,156,000 857,000 2,891,000 1,098,000

Aug 2014

1,087,000 2,608,000 1,066,000 849,000 2,905,000 1,050,000

Sep 2014

944,000 2,615,000 969,000 812,000 2,800,000 1,103,000

Oct 2014

892,000 2,506,000 971,000 781,000 2,839,000 1,072,000

Nov 2014

1,030,000 2,469,000 984,000 824,000 2,748,000 1,048,000

Dec 2014

947,000 2,398,000 995,000 793,000 2,676,000 964,000

Jan 2015

911,000 2,338,000 970,000 868,000 2,747,000 1,009,000

Feb 2015

1,015,000 2,207,000 952,000 900,000 2,630,000 935,000

Mar 2015

1,015,000 2,183,000 951,000 864,000 2,635,000 812,000

Apr 2015

1,006,000 2,238,000 915,000 841,000 2,676,000 873,000

May 2015

1,129,000 2,240,000 1,034,000 819,000 2,608,000 978,000

Jun 2015

1,019,000 2,146,000 905,000 765,000 2,546,000 906,000

Jul 2015

953,000 2,198,000 919,000 841,000 2,455,000 834,000

Aug 2015

944,000 2,123,000 906,000 775,000 2,372,000 842,000

Sep 2015

917,000 2,128,000 833,000 779,000 2,427,000 840,000

Oct 2015

997,000 2,129,000 869,000 785,000 2,413,000 825,000

Nov 2015

898,000 2,169,000 837,000 783,000 2,443,000 871,000

Dec 2015

921,000 2,047,000 826,000 815,000 2,467,000 856,000

Jan 2016

903,000 1,848,000 867,000 778,000 2,454,000 799,000

Feb 2016

961,000 1,940,000 829,000 773,000 2,463,000 815,000

Mar 2016

935,000 2,039,000 843,000 840,000 2,483,000 769,000

Apr 2016

883,000 2,079,000 920,000 875,000 2,347,000 852,000

May 2016

907,000 2,032,000 778,000 786,000 2,221,000 898,000

Jun 2016

1,091,000 1,927,000 754,000 826,000 2,291,000 893,000

Jul 2016

956,000 2,017,000 724,000 827,000 2,299,000 819,000

Aug 2016

970,000 1,991,000 796,000 877,000 2,272,000 865,000

Sep 2016

1,136,000 1,993,000 888,000 916,000 2,319,000 803,000

Oct 2016

1,056,000 1,909,000 831,000 958,000 2,339,000 797,000

Nov 2016

846,000 1,940,000 753,000 931,000 2,263,000 745,000

Dec 2016

1,029,000 1,890,000 699,000 900,000 2,195,000 783,000

Jan 2017

1,033,000 1,937,000 651,000 875,000 2,155,000 782,000

Feb 2017

979,000 1,989,000 693,000 809,000 2,215,000 741,000

Mar 2017

951,000 1,772,000 768,000 789,000 2,027,000 775,000

Apr 2017

963,000 1,813,000 786,000 778,000 2,011,000 708,000

May 2017

822,000 1,782,000 811,000 780,000 2,122,000 677,000

Jun 2017

893,000 1,767,000 785,000 805,000 2,036,000 686,000

Jul 2017

991,000 1,662,000 661,000 740,000 2,094,000 696,000

Aug 2017

1,005,000 1,789,000 700,000 790,000 2,141,000 657,000

Sep 2017

946,000 1,784,000 686,000 751,000 2,085,000 660,000

Oct 2017

897,000 1,701,000 652,000 748,000 2,007,000 617,000

Nov 2017

955,000 1,575,000 654,000 760,000 2,048,000 719,000

Dec 2017

930,000 1,616,000 694,000 718,000 1,992,000 576,000

Jan 2018

889,000 1,618,000 691,000 725,000 1,953,000 634,000

Feb 2018

885,000 1,677,000 681,000 778,000 1,958,000 691,000

Mar 2018

850,000 1,594,000 647,000 867,000 1,934,000 599,000

Apr 2018

884,000 1,436,000 679,000 812,000 1,984,000 622,000

May 2018

771,000 1,456,000 638,000 841,000 1,883,000 571,000

Jun 2018

917,000 1,472,000 692,000 795,000 2,073,000 585,000

Jul 2018

858,000 1,434,000 685,000 829,000 1,802,000 591,000

Aug 2018

844,000 1,336,000 663,000 875,000 1,856,000 591,000

Sep 2018

857,000 1,278,000 729,000 742,000 1,907,000 582,000

Oct 2018

825,000 1,362,000 688,000 732,000 1,925,000 597,000

Nov 2018

835,000 1,322,000 691,000 709,000 1,897,000 585,000

Dec 2018

768,000 1,419,000 704,000 827,000 1,968,000 600,000

Jan 2019

940,000 1,415,000 706,000 816,000 1,944,000 607,000

Feb 2019

828,000 1,304,000 732,000 841,000 1,902,000 619,000

Mar 2019

866,000 1,376,000 583,000 780,000 2,002,000 605,000

Apr 2019

722,000 1,314,000 625,000 728,000 1,899,000 535,000

May 2019

865,000 1,300,000 510,000 809,000 1,850,000 602,000

Jun 2019

805,000 1,355,000 585,000 889,000 1,850,000 537,000

Jul 2019

828,000 1,360,000 609,000 832,000 1,794,000 597,000

Aug 2019

812,000 1,388,000 664,000 784,000 1,785,000 577,000

Sep 2019

729,000 1,318,000 528,000 840,000 1,669,000 673,000

Oct 2019

772,000 1,260,000 659,000 846,000 1,698,000 622,000

Nov 2019

768,000 1,422,000 614,000 776,000 1,663,000 581,000

Dec 2019

807,000 1,295,000 585,000 829,000 1,655,000 551,000

Jan 2020

742,000 1,289,000 634,000 836,000 1,838,000 557,000

Feb 2020

801,000 1,279,000 644,000 777,000 1,803,000 505,000

Mar 2020

1,848,000 1,456,000 643,000 727,000 1,778,000 509,000

Apr 2020

18,063,000 2,000,000 563,000 570,000 1,477,000 389,000

May 2020

15,343,000 2,295,000 653,000 554,000 1,645,000 536,000

Jun 2020

10,565,000 2,883,000 824,000 565,000 2,356,000 563,000

Jul 2020

9,225,000 2,877,000 823,000 571,000 2,358,000 513,000

Aug 2020

6,160,000 3,411,000 736,000 589,000 2,095,000 554,000

Sep 2020

4,637,000 3,756,000 742,000 801,000 2,146,000 537,000

Oct 2020

3,205,000 3,684,000 823,000 769,000 2,009,000 528,000

These data are from the Current Population Survey and are seasonally adjusted. For more information, see “The Employment Situation — October 2020.” We also have more charts on employment and unemployment. People whose ethnicity is Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rate falls to 6.9 percent in October 2020 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/unemployment-rate-falls-to-6-point-9-percent-in-october-2020.htm (visited November 25, 2020).

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