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 2017. A trend of decreasing unemployment followed after a high in 2010 resulting from the 2008 financial crisis. Unemployment fell from 9.6 percent in 2010 to 4.4 percent in 2017.
Additional statistics from the BLS paint an interesting picture of unemployment in the United States. In August 2018, the state with the highest (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate was Alaska with a 6.7 percent unemployment rate, followed by District of Columbia and West Virginia. Unemployment was the lowest in Hawaii at 2.1 percent. Workers in the leisure and hospitality industry suffered the highest unemployment rate of any industry at 5.4 percent as of September 2018 (not seasonally adjusted), followed by workers in the agriculture and related industries with a rate of 4.1 percent.