February 5th, 2010
08:44 AM ET
12 years ago

U.S. unemployment rate falls to 9.7 percent

Washington (CNN) - The unemployment rate in the United States fell to 9.7 percent in January, the Labor Department said Friday.

The nation's 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.

Filed under: Economy
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  1. Angus McDugan

    Wow... Thanks...

    February 5, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Janice Meints

    thats because so many are so discouraged they are no longer looking,

    February 5, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. Dar

    About time, I never thought I'd be happy to see 9.7 % unemployment rate. Lets keep it going down boy and girls.
    There are jobs out there if you are willing to work for less untill something better comes around.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    February 5, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. Bobert

    Wonder how many of those are just people who's unemployment has run out?

    February 5, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  5. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    The under-employed and folks that stopped looking for work also decrease as well.

    February 5, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    Could it be that the economy is improving?

    If so, that would be a blow to the Repugnicans that want everything that President Obama does to fix the mess they left the country with to fail!!!!

    February 5, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  7. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Imagine what it could be if the idiot in the White House created real jobs instead of phony government jobs. By the way you all have fun doing your taxes this year (I know a lot of CNN readers do not pay taxes) but for those of us that do, you will be surprised at how rich you are, in spite of what Obama told you and remember next year it gets worse, because the Bush tax cuts (remember the libs tell you they were only for the rich) expire this year and you can bet Obozo and the libertards are going to take more of our paychecks to give to their non working ,dope smoking, Oprah watching voter base.

    February 5, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. Dennis

    You know that things are bad when the unemployment rate is 9.7% and it"s considered encouraging.

    February 5, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. Rob2 Pensacola

    I suppose this the President's fault too. How could he allow the unemployment rate to decrease 🙁

    February 5, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. Lazrus444

    Let me get this right... More citizens have lost their jobs and the unemployment rate drops??? Maybe this can be attributed to the 100,000's that have run out of unemployment security and no longer on the rolls?? I would estimate the true numbers are around 17% unemployed, not the understated 9.7 as the illustrious leadership would have us believe.

    February 5, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  11. gl, From Pittsburgh

    So when is President Obama going to get credit for this good news? CNN and the rest of the new media only point out the bad news and this is why people are angry because no body talks about all the good things President Obama have done since he been in office.

    I blame all this angry on the news media reporting only the bad news regarding the economy.

    February 5, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. malia

    Try again with that number! I'm still unemployed...

    February 5, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    How can you say skewed metrics? How in the world did the unemployment number go down after 800,000 jobs were lost last month? Could it be that many of the unemployed are no longer counted? Out here in the real world we know the number is above 20 % and rising fast.

    February 5, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. Jim Kowas

    Don't think I want to believe these democrats in Washington who want to undermine the Supreme Court because they don't bow to Obama.

    February 5, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. Dave M.

    That number is false. It only represents active recipients of unempolyment. If you include people who's unemployment has expired, and those who plain gave up the number would prove to be well over 15%. Not to mention the people who are under empolyed. The true number is staggering. Way to manipulate the facts yet again for political gain white house. Your on a roll like never seen before.

    February 5, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. JLM

    Why does this number upset Republicans, because they want this Country to fail.

    February 5, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  17. found work without help of stimulus or obama

    more lies from the Obama Administration. Unemployment did not drop, it grew, look at the jobs market, look at the businesses that closed, look at the unemployment claims. If you believe the Obama government you are as gulible and slow as a snail. Obama and his group will lie to get their agenda passed. It is time for all Americans to revolt against Obama and his pack of Liers and take back our country. These idiots works for us and they need to be fired. All Lies from Obama, Pelosi and Reid. They must go. Impeach Obama and fire the rest.

    February 5, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Sue

    This is NOT a true figure!!!!!!

    February 5, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Michelle In Denver, Co

    So good to see that change, but is not surprising how you don't hear the right side speaking about this great news...Cause they don't roll like that they are all for bad news...when it comes to the USA.

    Your Rock Obama!!!

    February 5, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. Steve in Ct

    Male bovine dung. This report is what the White House says, not the impartial economists. Let's read the comments to see how gullable we are.

    February 5, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. Robert

    This coupled with last week's news that the economy performed at a much stronger than expected rate for the 4th quarter is a pretty good indication that the President's policies are working...

    We should all be thankful for a president who has the intelligence and wisdom to listen to all the economic experts and push through the politically unpopular policies we had to have to see improvement now.

    He brought us back from the brink...

    Thanks Mr. President for a job well done..

    February 5, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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