As a result of the Great Recession, unemployment in the United States peaked at 10.0% in October 2009. Though the overall unemployment rate has improved significantly since then, falling by more than half, recession-level unemployment is the norm in many common occupations.
For many Americans, high unemployment in the wake of the recession underscored the importance of job security in the modern economy.
Currently, roughly 6 million Americans are in occupations with unemployment rates that do not exceed 1%, and are effectively immune to the threat of joblessness. Meanwhile, job security is far from a guarantee for the 14.5 million Americans in professions where the unemployment rate is at least 8.5%.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed unemployment rates by occupation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to identify the workers with the best and worst job security. Across a range of industries and fields, there are 26 occupations with unemployment rates that range from 8.5% to over 25.0%. In another 26 occupations, joblessness is extremely rare, with unemployment rates 1% or less.