Unemployment rate in the United States by industry and class of worker in October 2017

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Industry and class of workerUnemployment rate
Leisure and hospitality 5.8%
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction 4.8%
Construction 4.5%
Agriculture and related private wage and salary workers 4.3%
Wholesale and retail trade 4.2%
Transportation and utilities 4.1%
Professional and business services 4.1%
Information 3.9%
Total3.9%
Manufacturing 3.2%
Self-employed workers, unincorporated, and unpaid family workers 3.1%
Other services 3.1%
Education and health services 2.9%
Financial activities 2.2%
Government workers 2.2%

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This statistic shows the monthly unemployment rate by industry and class of worker in the United States. The data are not seasonally adjusted. The total unemployment rate shown here is 3.9 percent. Leisure and hospitality had the highest unemployment rate in October 2017 at about 5.8 percent. The lowest unemployment rate was found in the financial sector and among government workers at 2.2 percent. The unemployment rate in the U.S. has decreased in the last few years after reaching a recent high of 9.6 percent in 2010, following the 2008 financial crisis. In 2016, the unemployment rate in the U.S. was 4.9 percent.
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Release date
November 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
October 2017
Age group
16 years and older
Supplementary notes
Data are not seasonally adjusted.
* Persons with no previous work experience and persons whose last job was in the U.S. Armed Forces are included in the unemployed total.

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