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. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This isn't surprising. I'd be surprised if it hit something over 12%. There have been many people saying that this is going to be a long jobless recovery. I hope that this is the highest it goes...

    October 2, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Jamie

    That's the one of Obama's poor proven records. Where is the President of USA now ?????

    October 2, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. Hugo

    How is the recession over and the job market going to come back if the private banks get money from the Fed at 0%, invest it in T-notes at 2% and don't make loans to the private sector? How is the economy going to react when the Fed makes the private bankers put all that newly printed money into circulation instead of sitting on it for the 2% interest, hyper inflation maybe? Wake up America middle class, your wealth is being redistributed and your rights are being stolen!

    October 2, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. munchmom

    And I thought Bernanke and Geitner said the recession was "nearly over"......what do they know? They are in their glass houses looking through rose colored glasses, and we haven't found our rocks yet to start throwing at them! We had better wake up while we can–can't wait till 2010!

    October 2, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. Enlightened Voter

    All thanks to bush and the republicans!

    October 2, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. GI Joe

    The rot and destruction of this country took place between 2000 and 2008 while a warmongering president and vp sat there reading "my pet goat" and whatever else Karl (Marx) Rove dictated to them.

    They all have their Haliburton money so no problems now except how to get control of us again.

    Vote ALL republicans out so that we are no longer obstructed in re-building our country.

    October 2, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. PROUD Liberal Democrat Forever!

    We can thank Bush and the republicans for destroying this country.

    October 2, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. Randolph Carter, the real enemy of humanity

    Funny how the real income of the top 1% of Americans rose 11% annually during the Bush years. The rest of us, not so much. Have a nice day!

    October 2, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    The end result of 8 years of rethuglican rule. Hopefully they won't be in power for a very long time.

    October 2, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. TM in Co

    Things will always get worse before they get better...............

    October 2, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. lrnarug

    It may not be economic woes that are still causing the layoffs, has anybody figured out they are the root of more greed. Less workers, doing the same work equals more profits.

    October 2, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. Dave

    Any republican who wants to blame obama for this might want to remember who was president in 1983 when unemployment was 10.1%....That's right, it's the republican patron saint, Ronald Reagan.

    October 2, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. Marie Dixon

    Wasn't the stimulus program supposed to stop the unemployment rate at 8.0%?

    October 2, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. Paul from Phoenix

    I thought the emergency stimulus package would keep us below 8% unemployment.

    October 2, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. Lauren in Ohio

    What about all the facts, all of those people who lost full time well paying jobs are now working part time flipping burgers or washing carpets. Those people do not show up ont he unemployment rate. Those who went from a 50,000 a year job down to 12 or 13, 000 a year.
    I wonder, along with unemployment is welfare rising also?

    Let me guess, it is all Bushes and the Republicans fault,, right?

    You all know full darn well, that will be the liberals excuse.

    NOT our fault, not Obamas fault,,,,,,

    Gee,, what happened to the stimulus jobs??????

    October 2, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  16. Right Leaning Independent

    You can not have people running the Government that hate business and capitalism! Businesses are not going to rehire workers until they understand the impact of the health care costs and taxes that are being levied against them by the Democrats! You folks may like the politicians going after businesses to raise money for their pet projects but you fail to understand that this takes jobs from the economy!

    October 2, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. tate

    This is change you can believe in democants. Where is nobama? that is right vacation again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 2, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Rachel Thigpen

    We are indeed in a recession. Jobs are being cut by the thousands daily. What I think, and maybe many americans too, is that before our country gets back to its financial prosperity, it is going to be bad. It sometimes takes going down to come back up. Alot of things were mishandld the past 8 years, so with some patience, belief in our leaders, nd rayer, this country's unemployment rates will not only go down, but stay down.

    October 2, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Four and The Door

    Just think how high unemployment is going to be when American businesses are being taxed even more to pay just the $100 million a month interest on the $1 trillion stimulus bill which is doing such a good job putting Americans back to work!

    Wasn't there someone in Washington standing up to say NO to this boondoggle!?! Oh yeah, there was an entire political party, the Republican Party. They were even ridiculed for saying NO.

    October 2, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. Brain Dead in Ohio

    Please read the whole blurb before you comment. You look foolish touting Obama's failure when your savior, Regan, had a higher unemployment rate a full tow years into his presidency. Obama isn't even a year from the election and I've never seen so many white towels thrown from the other side of the ring.

    Get a grip. The GOP is now officially on-par with the wacko conspiracy theorists we all used to agree were batty.

    October 2, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. JB - NYC

    That's impossible... Obama is President now.

    October 2, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. Kevin in Ohio

    Change you can believe in........

    October 2, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. fellow from chicago

    "yes we can".......reach unemployment of 10%. One and done Barry better not try and blame this on President Bush. Your stimulus plan sucked along with cap-and-trade. But who cares? Iran will nuke Israel, China will call their credit markers in on the US, and the Prez will still be contemplating whether to send additional troops in to Afghanistan in the year 2012. Carter isn't the worst President in our history, this guy is.

    October 2, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. Grahame

    Good Bets the Republicans will blame Obama for this.

    October 2, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, North Carolina

    How's that stimulus thing working for ya, Barack?

    October 2, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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