Unemployment Under Obama — Over 8% Since First Full Month In Office

September 4, 2012

No. No. No. Don’t say unemployment has been forty plus straight months over 8% under Obama.

Do say …unemployment hasn’t gone below 8% since Obama’s first full month in office.

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National unemployment at 10.2% — see trend charts

November 6, 2009

Unemployment rose by 0.4% from last month to 10.2%. With an increase of 558,000 there are now 15.7 million persons unemployed. (current unemployment rates may be seen here)

The total U-6 unemployment is now at 17.5%

Unemployment statistics for October 2009 by state with historical highs and lows will be published when figures are available. See the most recent figures are for September. See also September figures around the world.

October Unemployment Graphs

Top - historical unemployment by month. Lower - 10-year to date.


September unemployment by state with historic highs and lows

October 22, 2009
unemployment 10yr

10 year unemployment graph

The September 2009 national average for unemployment currently stands at 9.8% (see October stats) (current unemployment rates may be seen here)

Historical Unemployment

Historical Unemployment

The first chart represents the historic national unemployment rate by month, while the second chart represents historic highs and lows of unemployment by state to date. View unemployment stats in other countries.

Current Unemployment Rates for States and Historical Highs/Lows
Seasonally Adjusted
  Sept 2009p Historical High Historical Low
State Rate Date Rate Date Rate
Alabama 10.7 Dec. 1982 14.4 Feb. 2007 3.3
Alaska 8.4 July 1986 11.5 Sept. 1999 5.9
Arizona 9.1 Feb. 1983 11.5 June 2007 3.6
Arkansas 7.1 Mar. 1983 10.2 Sept. 2000 4.1
California 12.2 Aug. 2009 12.3 Feb. 2001 4.7
Colorado 7.0 Nov. 1982 9.1 Jan. 2001 2.5
Connecticut 8.4 Jan. 1976 10.0 Nov. 2000 2.1
Delaware 8.3 June 2009 8.4 Oct. 1988 2.9
District of Columbia 11.4 Sept. 2009 11.4 Dec. 1988 4.8
Florida 11.0 Sept. 2009 11.0 July 2006 3.3
Georgia 10.1 July 2009 10.3 Dec. 2000 3.4
Hawaii 7.2 Mar. 1976 10.2 Dec. 2006 2.2
Idaho 8.8 Feb. 1983 9.4 May 2007 2.8
Illinois 10.5 Feb. 1983 12.9 Mar. 1999 4.1
Indiana 9.6 Nov. 1982 12.8 Apr. 1999 2.6
Iowa 6.7 May 1983 8.5 Jan. 2000 2.6
Kansas 6.9 July 2009 7.5 Oct. 1978 2.9
Kentucky 10.9 Dec. 1982 12.1 Mar. 2000 4.0
Louisiana 7.4 Sept. 1986 12.9 July 2006 3.2
Maine 8.5 Mar. 1977 9.0 Jan. 2001 3.0
Maryland 7.2 Aug. 1982 8.3 Mar. 2000 3.3
Massachusetts 9.3 Jan. 1976 10.9 Dec. 2000 2.7
Michigan 15.3 Nov. 1982 16.9 Mar. 2000 3.2
Minnesota 7.3 Nov. 1982 9.0 Apr. 1999 2.5
Mississippi 9.2 May 1983 13.7 Jan. 2001 4.9
Missouri 9.5 Apr. 1983 10.5 Jan. 2000 2.6
Montana 6.7 May 1983 8.7 Mar. 2007 3.2
Nebraska 4.9 Feb. 1983 6.8 Feb. 1998 2.2
Nevada 13.3 Sept. 2009 13.3 Mar. 2006 4.2
New Hampshire 7.2 June 1992 7.7 Apr. 1987 1.9
New Jersey 9.8 Feb. 1977 10.6 June 2000 3.5
New Mexico 7.7 Apr. 1983 9.9 Oct. 2007 3.5
New York 8.9 July 1976 10.5 Apr. 1988 4.0
North Carolina 10.8 May 2009 11.1 Apr. 1999 3.1
North Dakota 4.2 Mar. 1983 6.9 Jan. 1998 2.5
Ohio 10.1 Jan. 1983 13.8 Mar. 2001 3.9
Oklahoma 6.7 Aug. 1986 9.4 Jan. 2001 2.7
Oregon 11.5 May 2009 12.2 Apr. 1995 4.7
Pennsylvania 8.8 Mar. 1983 12.9 Mar. 2000 4.0
Rhode Island 13.0 Sept. 2009 13.0 July 1988 2.9
South Carolina 11.6 June 2009 12.1 Mar. 1998 3.1
South Dakota 4.8 Oct. 1982 5.9 Mar. 2000 2.4
Tennessee 10.5 Dec. 1982 12.4 Mar. 2000 3.8
Texas 8.2 Oct. 1986 9.3 July 2007 4.3
Utah 6.2 Mar. 1983 9.7 Mar. 2007 2.4
Vermont 6.7 June 1976 9.0 Mar. 2000 2.2
Virginia 6.7 Jan. 1983 7.8 Jan. 2001 2.2
Washington 9.3 Nov. 1982 12.2 Apr. 2007 4.4
West Virginia 8.9 Mar. 1983 18.2 Jan. 2008 4.1
Wisconsin 8.3 Jan. 1983 11.8 Apr. 1999 2.9
Wyoming 6.8 May 1983 10.1 Feb. 1979 1.9
Note: Data series begin in January 1976.

p = preliminary.

See last months figures


August unemployment by state with historic highs and lows

September 19, 2009

The August 2009 national average for unemployment currently stands at 9.7% (current unemployment rates may be seen here)

Historical Unemployment

Historical Unemployment

The first chart represents the historic national unemployment rate by month, while the second chart represents historic highs and lows of unemployment by state to date.

Current Unemployment Rates for States and Historical Highs/Lows
Seasonally Adjusted
  Aug 2009p Historical High Historical Low
State Rate Date Rate Date Rate
Alabama 10.4 Dec. 1982 14.4 Feb. 2007 3.3
Alaska 8.3 July 1986 11.5 Sept. 1999 5.9
Arizona 9.1 Feb. 1983 11.5 June 2007 3.6
Arkansas 7.1 Mar. 1983 10.2 Sept. 2000 4.1
California 12.2 Aug. 2009 12.2 Feb. 2001 4.7
Colorado 7.3 Nov. 1982 9.1 Jan. 2001 2.5
Connecticut 8.1 Jan. 1976 10.0 Nov. 2000 2.1
Delaware 8.1 June 2009 8.4 Oct. 1988 2.9
District of Columbia 11.1 Mar. 1983 11.4 Dec. 1988 4.8
Florida 10.7 Aug. 2009 10.7 July 2006 3.3
Georgia 10.2 Aug. 2009 10.2 Dec. 2000 3.4
Hawaii 7.2 Mar. 1976 10.2 Dec. 2006 2.2
Idaho 8.9 Feb. 1983 9.4 May 2007 2.8
Illinois 10.0 Feb. 1983 12.9 Mar. 1999 4.1
Indiana 9.9 Nov. 1982 12.8 Apr. 1999 2.6
Iowa 6.8 May 1983 8.5 Jan. 2000 2.6
Kansas 7.1 Sept. 1982 7.4 Oct. 1978 2.9
Kentucky 11.1 Dec. 1982 12.1 Mar. 2000 4.0
Louisiana 7.8 Sept. 1986 12.9 July 2006 3.2
Maine 8.6 Mar. 1977 9.0 Jan. 2001 3.0
Maryland 7.2 Aug. 1982 8.3 Mar. 2000 3.3
Massachusetts 9.1 Jan. 1976 10.9 Dec. 2000 2.7
Michigan 15.2 Nov. 1982 16.9 Mar. 2000 3.2
Minnesota 8.0 Nov. 1982 9.0 Apr. 1999 2.5
Mississippi 9.5 May 1983 13.7 Jan. 2001 4.9
Missouri 9.5 Apr. 1983 10.5 Jan. 2000 2.6
Montana 6.6 May 1983 8.7 Mar. 2007 3.2
Nebraska 5 Feb. 1983 6.8 Feb. 1998 2.2
Nevada 13.2 Aug. 2009 13.2 Mar. 2006 4.2
New Hampshire 6.9 June 1992 7.7 Apr. 1987 1.9
New Jersey 9.7 Feb. 1977 10.6 June 2000 3.5
New Mexico 7.5 Apr. 1983 9.9 Oct. 2007 3.5
New York 9 July 1976 10.5 Apr. 1988 4.0
North Carolina 10.8 May 2009 11.1 Apr. 1999 3.1
North Dakota 4.3 Mar. 1983 6.9 Jan. 1998 2.5
Ohio 10.8 Jan. 1983 13.8 Mar. 2001 3.9
Oklahoma 6.8 Aug. 1986 9.4 Jan. 2001 2.7
Oregon 12.2 June 2009 12.2 Apr. 1995 4.7
Pennsylvania 8.6 Mar. 1983 12.9 Mar. 2000 4.0
Rhode Island 12.8 Aug. 2009 12.8 July 1988 2.9
South Carolina 11.5 June 2009 12.1 Mar. 1998 3.1
South Dakota 4.9 Oct. 1982 5.9 Mar. 2000 2.4
Tennessee 10.8 Dec. 1982 12.4 Mar. 2000 3.8
Texas 8 Oct. 1986 9.3 July 2007 4.3
Utah 6 Mar. 1983 9.7 Mar. 2007 2.4
Vermont 6.8 June 1976 9.0 Mar. 2000 2.2
Virginia 6.5 Jan. 1983 7.8 Jan. 2001 2.2
Washington 9.2 Nov. 1982 12.2 Apr. 2007 4.4
West Virginia 9 Mar. 1983 18.2 Jan. 2008 4.1
Wisconsin 8.8 Jan. 1983 11.8 Apr. 1999 2.9
Wyoming 6.6 May 1983 10.1 Feb. 1979 1.9
Note: Data series begin in January 1976.

p = preliminary.