October 2nd, 2009
09:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Unemployment rate goes up to 9.8 percent

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The nation's unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent in September, up from 9.7 percent in August, the Labor Department said Friday.

The September unemployment rate is the highest in the United States since July 1983, when the unemployment rate was 10.1 percent.

Filed under: Economy
soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. Thomas5

    Well that's obviously wrong. The New Messiah told us that if we graciously accept His stimulus plan, unemployment wouldn't go over 8%.

    Surely His Holiness wouldn't lie, would He?

    October 2, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. Obozo - GET TO WORK !

    Come back home, Obozo the Clown ! You have WORK to do.

    October 2, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. Sam Sixpack

    Change you can believe in!

    If you still have a job, you will soon be required by law to pay all you can "afford" for health insurance. Then, when you get sick, you will have to borrow money to pay the sky-high deductible.

    If you don't have a job, you won't have to ask for time off to go to grandma's funeral when, in order to divert $500 billion to insurance execs, your heroes pull the plug on her.

    Is this the change you voted for?

    October 2, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  4. joe m

    this in not good news for the president and democrats. if history has taught us anything, in elections the economy trumps almost every other issue. if this number keeps going up, the president may have to seriously consider having to work with more republicans in both the house and senate, if not a republicans controling these houses. maybe the president needs to put more effort on this issue rather than pushing hard for the olympics coming to his hometown in 2016.

    October 2, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. seebofubar

    Good job Obama, you clueless failure!

    October 2, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  6. yuri

    We can hear the GOP cachinnating and guffawing at these numbers. They, sure as heck, have a lot of fodder to work on and launch a blistering attack on the other party.

    October 2, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  7. Marshall

    Good thing we are selling Chicago for the Olympics. That should bring jobs and more debt!

    October 2, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  8. JB - NYC

    Is this still Bushes fault?

    October 2, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  9. KV

    I had so much expectations with this president. This clearly shows that the stimulus has failed miserably and is no different than what bush did. The public has voted this president to get the employment up and moving, not to hear the complaint that he inherited it from Bush. If inheritance is an issue, it would make no difference who the president is.

    October 2, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  10. John (A Republican African American)

    When unemployement went to 5.0% under GW Bush the democrats said the sky was falling but yet now they are silent and we are almost double that. That is why I left the democratic party the way they treated Mr. Bush and the hypocrisy with which they have a double standard. I feel like they totally tried to tear him down as a person and the attacks were personal. Mr. Obama has spent already 3 times what President Bush did in 8 yrs, unemployment is double, our foreign policy is not clear, yet the democrats think that America is coming back. Can I ask coming back to what? The Carter era of 18% mortgage rates, high inflation and a weak standing in the world. The democrats talk over and over again how the WORLD NOW LOVES us AGAIN. But I would rather the world not Love us but be looked upon as STRONG and Respected like under President Bush than what we look like now. I have zero confidence in this administration and President!

    October 2, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  11. Eleanor

    Somebody tell me again, what a "great job" the Bush administration did, for 8 years! Just look at the mess they left this country in! Nice job Repugs! And because of those last wonderful 8 years, we are supposed to credit *anything* you lot have to say about Obama? Hah! Not bloody likely!!

    October 2, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  12. Chris D.

    Well, in the Presidents' media blitz two weeks ago, he told John King that unemployment wouldn't bottom out until the end of 2009, going into early 2010.......By this time next year unemployment should be cut in half, or someone is in trouble......
    I'm a realist, and the President deserves our patience. However by this time next year, if things are not more on an uptick, Obama will be poorly recieved by many, not just the GOP.

    October 2, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    More reason why we should hold the Olympics in Chi-Town. It will bring jobs to the region imediately. Especially in the midwest where they are needed most.

    October 2, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  14. Rick CT

    More importantly, another 263,000 jobs lost (why not report this number??) – more than the 219,000 jobs lost in August. Auto sales took a dive in September, proving cash for clunkers was not a stimulus, but instead merely a shift in when cars would have been bought – a $3 billion clunker.

    Let's see how they put a positive spin on this continuing disaster

    October 2, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  15. machtim akannah

    So much for saving and creating 3 MM new jobs. The only new jobs created were for a government bureaucracy, something like 35,000 plus new jobs not including the (useless) czars. While I did not vote for Obama, and certainly would not vote for him in the next election, I accepted him as the President of the United States. However, he has proven to be a total failure enamored with his own image as he flits around the world apologizing for the US past and spending taxpayer money. Hopefully his reign will not create irreparable damage to the US.

    October 2, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. Mike

    That stimulus is really getting after it!

    October 2, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. Willy Brown

    How's that Hope and Change working for you now?

    October 2, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  18. obummer, 1 and done

    How's that stimulus working for you?

    Still blaming GWB I guess since you have no other excuse.
    couldn't possibly be obummers decisions, could it?

    October 2, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  19. 2010 can't get here fast enough

    This is Bush's fault.

    The liar in chief when shoving the porkulus bill down our uh, uh, uh, uh, uh throats stated that if we don't pass this now, unemployment will skyrocket, but if we do, it wil NOT HIT 8 PERCENT.

    As Maxwell Smart used to say "Liar in chief, missed by that much".

    How many more predictions will HE BE OFF BY a mile before you sheep realize he uh, h, uh, uh, uh is in way over his head?

    October 2, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. TangledThorns

    Hey Democrats, how well is the stimulus bill working for America?!? I'm sure it helped your cronies...

    October 2, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  21. Debby

    I am not surprised with this Entertainer in Chief as President.

    October 2, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  22. Daniel Sacramento

    I'm suprised with all the manufactured outrage the Republican make you would think that would produce a few jobs.

    October 2, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  23. Lil Jimmy

    Good thing they rushed the 787 billion though. Otherwise the unemployment would go above 8%.

    October 2, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  24. T'SAH from Virginia

    OKAY – so now we're going to hear from the FAR RIGHT as to why President and Mrs. Obama is in Copenhagen trying to get the Olympics in Chicago when the Unemployment rate is RISING – there are KILLINGS in Chicago of young INNOCENT African American children and SO ON!!!

    Well – the unemployment would have still ROSE and there are children in Chicago getting killed EVERY DAY – SO DON'T EVEN START HATING!!!!!!!

    October 2, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  25. John in Denver

    Thanks Obama! Preesh on that one big guy!!!

    October 2, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
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