The statistic shows the unemployment rate in the United States from 2004 to 2014. In 2011, the unemployment rate in the United States was about 9 percent.
The current unemployment rate is reported monthly in the Jobs Report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate is a lagging indicator. That's because employers resist hiring new workers until they are absolutely sure the economy will stay strong. Although it's not good for predicting trends, it's useful for confirming trends. .