Menstuff® has compiled the following information on the Recession.

Duration (Mos)
Peak jobless rate

Nov. 1948 to Oct. 1949


7.9% in Oct. 1949

July 1953 to May 1954


6.1% in Sept. 1954

Aug. 1957 to April 1958


7.5% in July 1958

April 1960 to Feb. 1961


7.1% in May 1961

Dec. 1969 to Nov. 1970


6.1% in Aug. 1971

Nov. 1973 to March 1975


9% in May 1975

Jan. 1980 to July 1980


7.8% in July 1980

July 1981 to Nov. 1982


10.8% in December 1982

July 1990 to March 1991


7.8% in June 1992

March 2001 to ?

14 as of 4/02

6% (as of April 2002)

Source: National Bureau of Economic Research, Bureau of Labor Statistics

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