Employment rate in the United States from 1990 to 2013

  Employment rate
'90 62.8%
'91 61.7%
'92 61.5%
'93 61.7%
'94 62.5%
'95 62.9%
'96 63.2%
'97 63.8%
'98 64.1%
'99 64.3%
'00 64.4%
'01 63.7%
'02 62.7%
'03 62.3%
'04 62.3%
'05 62.7%
'06 63.1%
'07 63%
'08 62.2%
'09 59.3%
'10 58.5%
'11 58.4%
'12 58.6%
'13 58.6%
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This statistic shows the employment rate in the United States. Employed persons consist of: persons who did any work for pay or profit during the survey reference week; persons who did at least 15 hours of unpaid work in a family-operated enterprise; and persons who were temporarily absent from their regular jobs because of illness, vacation, bad weather, industrial dispute, or various personal reasons. The employment-population ratio represents the proportion of the civilian noninstitutional population that is employed. In 2013, the U.S. employment rate stood at 58.6 percent.

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http://www.statista.com/statistics/192398/employment-rate-in-the-us-since-1990/