March 5th, 2010
08:30 AM ET
5 years ago

U.S. unemployment rate unchanged in February

Washington (CNN) - The unemployment rate in the United States remained unchanged at 9.7 percent in February, the Labor Department said Friday.

The unemployment rate was 10 percent in December and November.

The 10.2 percent unemployment rate for October was the highest in the United States since 1983.


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Liberalism is a Mental Disorder

    Hurry, Hurry, Hurry....Rush, Rush, Rush....we must pass this NONstimulus bill so unemployment will not go above 8%..wow that worked spectacularly didn't it??? BHO was only off on the increase by more than double what he said the worse would be.....It was a crappy nonstimulus bill and now he is trying to RUSH, RUSH, RUSH a crappy HC bill through and his estimates on this will be off also....

    March 5, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. Michigan

    I doubt it will ever be below 9% again. The jobs we've lost are NEVER coming back.

    March 5, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. aliou

    Holding fast?

    What a consolation for the millions of unemployed Americans.
    I think a lot of Americans have been drinking a lot of teaparty coolaid.
    They would soon wake up to find out that there is no more sweeter in the tea. I bet they wouldn't like the bitterness.
    Many cities are planning lay off. In Jacksonville Fl, republicans have pushed a lot of tax cuts and are surprised that the city is planning massive lay offs, cuts in services and mostly in education (Why education of all services? because we don't want to leave a huge debt to our children I guess:))

    March 5, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. michael armstrong sr.

    The Unemployment needs a little kick in the briches starting with the workforce commission imposing job find classes that last two to three months with must be there rules followed up by mandated jobs at the end of the classes that dont find work if they dont show up for work or class then they dont get a check .

    March 5, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  5. James Miller

    Unlike the last economic downturn, turning around the economy any time soon is going to be nearly impossible as we have no jobs, no manufacturers left in the US. We are practically all consumers ( broke ones at that).---- It`s like turning around an aircraft carrier at full speed. You can`t do it quickly or it will capsize.

    March 5, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. Casy

    CNN, you know these numbers are bogus! You know the rate is WAYY higher than what's being reported!

    March 5, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. j

    Now if companies will just start hiring again, the economy might just recover from this mess the Republicans created.

    March 5, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. LacrosseMom

    Who was president in 1983???? Reagan.

    March 5, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. Who said the Mayans were wrong?

    This works out great for the Corporate Fascists that are in a race to get wages down to 50 cents an hour.

    March 5, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. Oh Beautiful

    To any mentally well balanced American, it looks as though the unemployment rate has leveled off and begun a slow decline.

    A 9.7%, mark while not yet acceptable is lower than the 10.2% That is good news for the people of our country. Clearly the actions taken by the Administration have contributed to this abatement. We can rest assured that if un-employment were continuing to climb the hateful, fear mongering TREASONISTS would be banging pots and pans to stir up impediments to their ability to govern.

    I call on all Americans ... the ones that love this country ... to go to YouTube ... type in "Ray Charles Oh Beautiful" ... listen to it ... ignore the hateful comments .... and rededicate themselves to being part of the solutions in this country instead of the problems.

    America is not great because of its history ... it is great because it always strives to improve itself. What are you prepared to do to be part of the solutions?

    March 5, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. jules sand-perkins

    Thanks be to heaven that the jobless rate is getting so much better, thanks to President Obama! At last, a president who comes through with what he promised us! He's probably the first intelligent president we ever had.

    March 5, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. southerncousin

    Hey Obozo, you got taken to the cleaners by your SEIU buddies on that "stimulus" thing. Unfortunately you took lots of hard working American taxpayers with you. While those fat cat union execs are sitting on the beach at some resort talking about how they can get EFCA passed the rest of us are working trying to pay off the debt to the $1 trillion package they stole from us. Resign, go back to Chicago and work for SEIU/ACORN. Chicago is missing its idiot.

    March 5, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Andy

    Well I guess the 8% promise is just another lie or dream by O Great One.What else is new.If his lips are moving he is lying.

    March 5, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. What happened to 8%

    Another day,another lie.another 862 billion.The misery just does not stop with Obamanothing.

    March 5, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |