U.S. monthly unemployment rate
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 from 2010 to 2016. Unemployment fell from 8.20 percent in July 2012 to 4.7 percent in December 2016. Unemployment decreased from 2015 to 2016, following a trend of decreasing unemployment since a high in 2010 resulting from the 2008 financial crisis.
Additional statistics from the BLS paint an interesting picture of unemployment in the United States. In September 2017, the state with the highest (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate was Alaska with a 7.2 percent unemployment rate, followed by District of Columbia and New Mexico. Unemployment was the lowest in North Dakota at 2.4 percent. Workers in the agriculture and related industries suffered the highest unemployment rate of any industry at 6.9 percent as of April 2017 (not seasonally adjusted), followed by workers in the leisure and hospitality industry with a rate of 5.9 percent.