In this infographic from FlowingData.com, you can see the extreme jump in unemployment rates in the U.S. from 2007 to 2009. According to the statistics gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate from 2004 to 2007 remained at a steady rate around 5 percent. The 2009 national average of unemployment rate at 9.8 percent was the highest rate since 1983 when the rate was at 10.1 percent.
This graph is a visual display of the grim state of the current job market. The unemployment rate in the United States was last reported at 9.1 percent in August of 2011 according to Tradingeconomics.com.
SOURCE: Flowing Data