National Employment Monthly Update

9/3/2021

The national unemployment rate fell to 5.2 percent in August according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This was a .2 percent decrease from July. The economy added 235,000 jobs, notably in business and professional services as well as transportation and warehousing.  This is the lowest the unemployment rate has been since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. 

State unemployment rates can be found here

National Unemployment Rates | 2008 - 2019
  January February March April May June July August September October November December
2021 6.3 6.2 6.0 6.1 5.8 5.9 5.4 5.2        
2020 3.6 3.5 4.4 14.8 13.3 11.1 10.2 8.4 7.9 6.9 6.7 6.7
2019 4.0 3.8 3.8 3.6 3.6 3.7  3.7 3.7 3.5 3.6 3.5 3.5
2018 4.1 4.1 4.0 3.9 3.8 4.0 3.9 3.8 3.7 3.8 3.7 3.9
2017 4.7 4.7 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.4 4.2 4.1 4.2 4.1
2016 4.9 4.9 5.0 5.0 4.8 4.9 4.8 4.9 5.0 4.9 4.7 4.7
2015 5.7 5.5 5.4 5.4 5.6 5.3 5.2 5.1 5.0 5.0 5.1 5.0
2014 6.6 6.7 6.7 6.2 6.3 6.1 6.2 6.1 5.9 5.7 5.8 5.6
2013 8.0 7.7 7.5 7.6 7.5 7.5 7.3 7.2 7.2 7.2 6.9 6.7
2012 8.3 8.3 8.2 8.2 8.2 8.2 8.2 8.1 7.8 7.8 7.7 7.9
2011 9.1 9.0 9.0 9.1 9.0 9.1 9.0 9.0 9.0 8.8 8.6 8.5
2010 9.8 9.8 9.9 9.9 9.6 9.4 9.4 9.5 9.5 9.4 9.8 9.3
2009 7.8 8.3 8.7 9.0 9.4 9.5 9.5 9.6 9.8 10.0 9.9 9.9
2008 4.9 4.8 5.1 5.0 5.5 5.6 5.8 6.2 6.2 6.6 6.8 7.2

 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics