December 4th, 2009
08:43 AM ET
8 years ago

Nation's jobless rate drops

Washington (CNN)– The nation's unemployment rate dropped to 10 percent in November, the Labor Department reported Friday.

The jobless level stood at 10.2 percent in October, the highest rate in more than a quarter century. The Labor Department also reports that employers cut 11,000 jobs last month, compared to an average of 135,000 jobs lost in the previous three months.

The release of the unemployment report comes as President Barack Obama travels to Allentown, Pennsylvania to begin what the administration calls a "White House to Main Street" tour on jobs. Thursday the president held a jobs forum at the White House.

CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Filed under: unemployment
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. George, Georgia

    Thanks for staving off the Republican Depression, President Barack Hussein Obama!!!!

    December 4, 2009 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  2. Ellen Lawson - do not show my whole name

    The ladies were just on the air acting like the .2 drop in UE for November is some huge thing. Has it occurred to no one there that there were two weekdays in November, Thanksgiving and the day after, when most state offices were not open for business and this could well affect total numbers reported of jobs lost. A better number to watch for will be January's numbers. The holidays affect numbers of part time holiday workers as well as UE offices being closed a number of days with consequent inability to report there to file a claim. The last I heard, even more jobs are up to be cut in the nation by a number of employers. Please keep some rationality in your reports as often something happens the day after good news that is bad news, and vice versa. Times are hard enough without all of this up and down on the tube. Thank you

    December 4, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  3. Chuck G.

    Wow! Now it's only 10%! What an accomplishment!
    Now the country is prosperous again, thanks to the greatest president the world has ever seen!!!!!!
    Think of that! Only 10%! Even Bush couldn't get it that high!
    ONLY 10%!!!!!!!!

    December 4, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  4. RichP the Pocono's

    Jobless rate dropped ?, oh of course it did, in their dreams, that .2% were the ones who exhausted their benefits. Nobody tracks those who found jobs and are working, that would be a better ruler.

    December 4, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I want to hear Bonehead Boehner's criticism today.

    December 4, 2009 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  6. Rob

    How will the G O P spin this. I guarantee they will figure out some silly excuse and still blame President Obama for this .... lol

    December 4, 2009 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  7. enough already

    Thank God! Obama is finally going to give a speech! That will solve everything!

    December 4, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  8. Dan, TX

    Let's rush to some sort of judgment on this. Let's not wait for another year until we can know for sure what and why things happened.

    December 4, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  9. Rob R

    I can feel the neocons' and tea-litterers' (the ONLY true Americans, by the way) thoughts right now...if this trend continues, THEN what'll we do?
    I have a suggestion, continue to FADE're not necessary anymore...fade away.

    December 4, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  10. Still 10% unemployment......

    and a community organizer trying to fix it....ha,ha,ha,ha,ha.

    December 4, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  11. Paul from Phoenix

    Interesting, none of the out of work people I know have found a job.

    December 4, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  12. conservativeTEXAN

    should we review the statistics or listen to Newt what's his name...
    i am tired of people from my party trying to campaign early and not add anything to the economic puzzle

    when you hit rock bottom, you start working together

    December 4, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  13. Tim in NC

    President Obama is proven right again.

    He said it would be a long, slow road to recovery... and looking at this months report plus the revised (ie CORRECT) job loss numbers from the previous months, thats exactly what this is. It will be interestingto see how this report's figures are "revised ".

    I'm starting to think that if the Dems don't implode or find new-and-exciting ways to screw themselves over, 2010 might be another win-win year for them!

    December 4, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  14. Fed Up

    WOW!!! That is a HUGE improvement! How many in that drop were not counted because they are no longer eligible for unemployment????? Businesses are laying off in droves, but the unemployment figures improved? Has anyone seen a magician lately?

    December 4, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  15. ph

    At least it went down some, now whether it stays there is another story. Unforunately, this also probably means that some people lost getting anymore benefits from Unemployment. My sister's unemployment stopped in Nov. So, I wonder if she is part of the stats for the month of Nov? Probably so.

    December 4, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  16. cnn=right wing media and works for sarah "death pannel" palin

    Thank you Mr. President

    December 4, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  17. New Age Independent

    Liberal responses should be hilarious here. When Bush had improving unemployment in Nov-Dec, Libs called it the result of temporary holiday jobs and dismissed it altogether. Any bets that they see this as a sign of the economy turnaround?

    December 4, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  18. tpbco

    Hmmm, 11,000 more jobs lost, but the umemployement rate is going down?

    Interesting math.

    I think that's how they (the obamma admin) figures their personal taxes, too.

    December 4, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  19. ran

    Let's see how the GOP makes this a negative.

    It took Bush and the Republicans 6-8 yrs to get us into all the messes and everyone of them would rather see President Obama fail then try to help get us out of all the messes they created.

    It will take time people and what we need to do is elect more true Democrats in 2010/2012 and things could improve faster because the Republicans, blue dogs and Lieberman only want power for themselves and care less about doing what is right for us all.

    December 4, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  20. jacq

    The hand of GOD is over the President,keep up the good work,the rethugs and what they stand for is pure evil,the power they seek they will never have.

    December 4, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  21. MatthewDetroit

    How come no one is talking about all the fake global warming....

    The Dems themselves want to investigate the leaks instead of the facts of the reports.... funny

    December 4, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  22. haren

    Absolute majority for democrats in 2010
    Obama is cleaning and mopping up the economy created by Reagan and two Bush. unemployment is going down stimulus package and our nation building policy of Obama is working.
    Clear message to Ben Nelson, Lincoln Blanche, Mary landrieu and traitor Joe Lieberman, Go along with democrats for health care reform otherwise your political future is finish.

    December 4, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  23. Puddin

    I hope employers are mindful of potential employees who have been out of work for many months and the emotional state it has put them in. One unemployed person shared with me the fact that they were afraid the nervousness would show in an interview and then should he be hired, he fears he will be "jumpy," and an employer may think they hired the wrong guy. When people have been beating the bushes for a job for a very long time, it has got to affect them, so I hope employers will have some patience and compassion for them. It is a sad state of affairs what GREED has done and is doing to people.

    December 4, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  24. sinmiedo68

    So your headline states–"Big improvement for job market"
    unemployment still at 10%– this is the big improvement?
    You guys are so in the tank for Mr. Obama– No wonder your ratings continue to go down.

    December 4, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  25. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    And now the Republicans will claim this improvement is due to their opposition to Obama's failed policies-right?

    December 4, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
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