Employment by the Numbers: May 2011

Find the most recent state and city unemployment rates, salary information and industry updates all in one place. Every month we will compile the employment statistics and numbers that matter to you.


Unemployment Statistics

National Unemployment Rate:9.1%


History of National Unemployment Rates (2008 - 2011)

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Jan. Feb. Mar. April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2011

9.0

8.9 8.8 9.0 9.1
2010

9.7

9.7 9.7 9.9 9.7 9.5 9.5 9.6 9.6 9.6 9.8 9.4
2009

7.6

8.1 8.5 8.9 9.4 9.5 9.4 9.7 9.8 10.2 10.0 10.0
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


State With Highest Unemployment Rate: 13.2% (Nev.)

State With Lowest Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (N.D.)


City With Highest Unemployment Rate: 24.6% (El Centro, Calif.)

City With Lowest Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (Lincoln, Neb.)


Number of Reported Unemployed Persons: 13.9 million


Number of Long-Term Unemployed (27+ Weeks): 6.2 million


Number of Discouraged Workers (gave up looking for work): 822,000




Earning Statistics

Average Hourly Earnings:$22.98


Federal Minimum Wage: $7.25


Highest State Minimum Wage: $8.67 (Washington)

Lowest State Minimum Wage: $6.15 (Minnesota)


Average Workweek: 34.4 hours




Industry Information

Industries With Most Job Growth:


Industry With Least Job Growth:




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