The unemployment rate rose from 5.0 in April 2008 to 5.5 percent in May 2008.
The number of unemployed persons increased by 861,000 to 8.5 million in May.
A year earlier, the number of unemployed persons was 6.9 million, and the jobless rate was 4.5 percent.
The unemployment rates for adult men, adult women, teenagers, whites, and blacks rose in May. The jobless rate for Hispanics was unchanged.
Among the unemployed, the number of reentrants and new entrants to the labor force rose in May, by 326,000 and 204,000, respectively.
The number of persons who had lost their last job increased by 268,000 over the month to 4.3 million. Over the past 12 months, the number of unemployed job losers has risen by 907,000.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Increase in unemployment rate in May 2008 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2008/jun/wk2/art01.htm (visited September 27, 2023).