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Estimated U.S. unemployment rate, 1800-1890
Estimated U.S. unemployment rate, 1800-1890

Source: data from Stanley Lebergott's 1964 book, Manpower in Economic Growth

Measures of U.S. unemployment, 1950-2010
Measures of U.S. unemployment, 1950-2010

Source: data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Real U.S. gross national product (GNP) per capita from 1869-1918. Shaded areas represent recessions.
Real U.S. gross national product (GNP) per capita from 1869-1918. Shaded areas represent recessions.

Source: GNP data from Robert Gordon's book, The American Business Cycle; population estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau

The average duration of unemployment for U.S. unemployed workers, 1950-2010
The average duration of unemployment for U.S. unemployed workers, 1950-2010

Source: data from Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

U.S. Civilian Labor Participation Rate from 1948 to 2011 by gender. Men are represented in light blue, women in pink, and the total in black.
U.S. Civilian Labor Participation Rate from 1948 to 2011 by gender. Men are represented in light blue, women in pink, and the total in black.

Source: data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

U.S. unemployment by county in 2008
U.S. unemployment by county in 2008

Source: data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

U.S. unemployment rate, 1890-2009
U.S. unemployment rate, 1890-2009

Source: data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics