United States Unemployment Rate

Country:
United States
USD, US dollar
Sector:
Labor
Medium 3.9% 3.8%
3.9%
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3.8%
3.9%
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Unemployment Rate is a percentage of unemployed residents in relation to the total civilian labor force. In the indicator calculation, the person who has been actively seeking job during the past four weeks and cannot start working right now is defined as unemployed. Such a person is included in the unemployment rate regardless of whether this person is receiving unemployment benefits.

Unemployment statistics data is collected by interviewing approximately 110,000 people (60,000 households) across the nation. Individuals under 16, those serving in the armed forces, persons in correctional facilities and psychiatric hospitals are excluded from the survey.

This indicator (also called U3) is the most commonly used rate for assessing the state of the US labor market. But this is not the only indicator of unemployment available. For example, its difference from U6 is that individuals employed part-time or temporarily due to economic reasons are not included in the statistics and are considered employed according to U3. Also the indicator does not take into account people who wish to work but cannot due to different reasons (such as disability and others) and those who have become discouraged after seeking job and no longer seek employment. So, U3 is often criticized for showing a very optimistic picture of the labor market.

The unemployment rate is one of the key indicators of the country's economic development. It is not a predictive indicator. Its growth or decline is a result of changes in the economic situation.

Decrease of unemployment is seen as positive for dollar quotes.

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forecast

The chart of the entire available history of the "United States Unemployment Rate" macroeconomic indicator. The dashed line shows the forecast values ​​of the economic indicator for the specified dates.

A significant deviation of a real value from a forecast one may cause a short-term strengthening or weakening of a national currency in the Forex market. The threshold values ​​of the indicators signaling the approach of the critical state of the national (local) economy occupy a special place.

Date (GMT)
Reference
Actual
Forecast
Previous
Aug 2018
3.9%
3.8%
3.9%
Jul 2018
3.9%
3.9%
4.0%
Jun 2018
4.0%
3.9%
3.8%
May 2018
3.8%
4.0%
3.9%
Apr 2018
3.9%
4.0%
4.1%
Mar 2018
4.1%
4.0%
4.1%
Feb 2018
4.1%
4.0%
4.1%
Jan 2018
4.1%
4.0%
4.1%
Dec 2017
4.1%
4.0%
4.1%
Nov 2017
4.1%
4.1%
4.1%
Oct 2017
4.1%
4.2%
4.2%
Sep 2017
4.2%
4.2%
4.4%
Aug 2017
4.4%
4.2%
4.3%
Jul 2017
4.3%
4.2%
4.4%
Jun 2017
4.4%
4.3%
4.3%
May 2017
4.3%
4.4%
4.4%
Apr 2017
4.4%
4.6%
4.5%
Mar 2017
4.5%
4.7%
Feb 2017
4.7%
4.8%
Jan 2017
4.8%
4.7%
Dec 2016
4.7%
4.6%
Nov 2016
4.6%
4.9%
Oct 2016
4.9%
5.0%
Sep 2016
5.0%
4.9%
Aug 2016
4.9%
4.9%
Jul 2016
4.9%
4.9%
Jun 2016
4.9%
4.7%
May 2016
4.7%
5.0%
Apr 2016
5.0%
5.0%
Mar 2016
5.0%
4.9%
Feb 2016
4.9%
4.9%
Jan 2016
4.9%
5.0%
Dec 2015
5.0%
5.0%
Nov 2015
5.0%
5.0%
Oct 2015
5.0%
5.1%
Sep 2015
5.1%
5.1%
Aug 2015
5.1%
5.3%
Jul 2015
5.3%
5.3%
Jun 2015
5.3%
5.5%
May 2015
5.5%
5.4%
Apr 2015
5.4%
5.5%
Mar 2015
5.5%
5.5%
Feb 2015
5.5%
5.7%
Jan 2015
5.7%
5.6%
Dec 2014
5.6%
5.8%
Nov 2014
5.8%
5.8%
Oct 2014
5.8%
5.9%
Sep 2014
5.9%
6.1%
Aug 2014
6.1%
6.2%
Jul 2014
6.2%
6.1%

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