November 6th, 2009
08:43 AM ET
13 years ago

U.S. unemployment rate climbs to 10.2 percent

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The U.S. unemployment rate rose to 10.2 percent in October, the Labor Department said Friday.

It's the first time the unemployment rate has surpassed 10 percent since 1983.

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  1. BILL

    10.2 percent, great job Dems.

    Let them pass the healthcare bill and Cap and Trade bill and watch it go even higher.

    Change you can believe in.

    P. S. your employer pays into the unemployment, not the employee.

    November 6, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    No supriseNo suprise.....spin that Obamatrons

    November 6, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. AJL

    Jobs are created by business not government. So the blame for high unemployment, especially in an ecomony supposedly improving, needs to be directed at business not at the administration. The federal government, both at the end of the Bush administration and at the start of the Obama administration, has provided a little over $1 trillion dollars to the economic sector. Pretty much without any strings. To do with it what they please and unemployment is still rising. The only jobs the federal government has direct control over are in the military and government agencies. The general public is firmly against "bigger government" so adding bodies to government agencies is out of the question. Without a draft adding bodies to the military cannot be done. So, if you are peeved at rising unemployment, call your neighborhood bank, your investment broker or someone else that has been provided "bailout" money from the federal government and ask them what they are doing with it.

    November 6, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. t22

    I "hope" that the employment outlook will "change" for the positive.

    And in 2010 when we get rid of the Dems in Congress, it just may.

    November 6, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. This Is Great

    "Under my stimulus plan, unemployment will be no greater than 8 percent". Bull. 10.2 percent, Mr. President. What else have you lied about? What else has your little Chrystal Ball been wrong about. People, it's time to stop handling Obama with kids gloves. If Bush, or even Clinton had made a promise that unemployment wouldn't reach 8 percent, and it hit 10.2, everyone, dem's and republicans would be screaming. Wake Up everybody. This man is not who he said he is.

    November 6, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. No More Incumbents

    We need to add a lot of politicians to the rolls of the unemployed. Oh wait, then they'll just become over-paid lobbyists. Oh wait, they already are..........

    November 6, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. wolfgangpitbullingtgonIII!

    As it relates to Obama: "What he say he will do, he don't do; and, what he say he don't do he does"! Obama is making this country less secure, getting our troops killed, has our military "infiltrated" with our enemies, is anti-American, and is going to get us all "incinerated". For the good of the country, Obama should "RESIGN"!

    November 6, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. patsy lopez

    I believe the constant reporting of how bad the economy is has
    the people so scared they will never start to spend again. You guys need to cool it.

    November 6, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. CJL

    Whoops. Thanks Obama.

    November 6, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. K2

    I guess feel-good economic policy doesn't really work. Sure was hoping it would....

    November 6, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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