This statistic displays the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in the United States on a monthly basis. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical method of removing the seasonal component of a time series that is used when analyzing non-seasonal trends. National unemployment was at 7.3 percent in October 2013.
U.S. monthly unemployment rate
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics published a timeline of the monthly national unemployment rate for the year running July 2012 to July 2013. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics—the principle fact-finding agency for the U.S. Federal Government in labor economics and statistics—unemployment declined during the period in question. Unemployment fell from 8.20 percent in July 2012 to 7.40 percent in July 2013. Unemployment also declined in the year 2012, down from a peak unemployment rate of 9.60 percent in 2010 to an annual unemployment rate of 8.10 percent in the year 2012 (193290). Further declines in unemployment are expected for the remainder of 2013.
Additional statistics from the BLS paint an interesting picture of unemployment in the United States. In June 2013, the state with the highest (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate was Nevada at 9.60 percent unemployment. Nevada was followed by Illinois and Mississippi. Unemployment was lowest in North Dakota at 3.10 percent. Workers in the leisure and hospitality industry suffered the highest unemployment rate by industry (at 10 percent) as of July 2013 (not seasonally adjusted), followed by workers in the construction industry (9.10 percent) and in professional and business services (8.10 percent). Youth unemployment (individuals between 16 and 24 years of age) had a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 16.30 percent in June 2013. More men than women were unemployed in 2012. Unemployment for men was at 6.77 percent that year, unemployment for women was at 5.73 percent.