Question by  Redline (38)

What was the unemployment rate at the end of 2009?

I think the extended benefits have helped increase it.


Answer by  lanswers (51)

At the end of 2009, the last recorded unemployment rate hovered around 10.2%, which exceeded the record set about 26 years ago.


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

The unemployment rate at the end of 2009 was 10.1%. If those who dropped out of the work force, either by accepting Social Security early or were out of work for more than 12 months, were included in the total, actual unemployment would be 12%. The problem with the unemployment figures is that they keep getting revised upward retroactively.


Answer by  Arin (247)

Extending benifits to the unemployed does not increase the unemployment rate; not having jobs available does that just fine. It was around 10% in the USA; however, the unemployment figures are unreliable. Only using those registered for benefits to produce the statistics for the unemployed... not those not working.


Answer by  hightide (131)

The overall US unemployment rate at the end of 2009 (November to December) was 10%, with quite notable variations among states and counties.


Answer by  dja1034 (26)

In December 2009, the U.S. unemployment figure was holding steady at 10 percent. This marked a 2.6 percent ncrease over the previous December's unemployment figure.

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