The unemployed rate jumped to 10.2 (from 9.8 percent) percent last month, the highest since April 1983. The economy shed a net total of 190,000 jobs.
The number of unemployed hit 15.7 million, up from 15.1 million. The job losses occurred across most industries, from manufacturing and construction to retail and financial. The job-loss total is based on a survey of businesses, separate from a survey of households that produces the unemployment rate.