Labor Force Characteristics by Race and Ethnicity, 2008

Table 1. Employment status of the civilian noninstitutional population by sex, age, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, 2008 annual averages (Numbers in thousands)
Employment status, sex, and age Total White Black or
African
American
Asian Hispanic or
Latino
ethnicity
Total, both sexes

Civilian noninstitutional population

233,788 189,540 27,843 10,751 32,141

Civilian labor force

154,287 125,635 17,740 7,202 22,024

Percent of population

66.0 66.3 63.7 67.0 68.5

Employed

145,362 119,126 15,953 6,917 20,346

Percent of population

62.2 62.8 57.3 64.3 63.3

Unemployed

8,924 6,509 1,788 285 1,678

Unemployment rate

5.8 5.2 10.1 4.0 7.6

Not in labor force

79,501 63,905 10,103 3,549 10,116
Men, 16 years and over

Civilian noninstitutional population

113,113 92,725 12,516 5,112 16,524

Civilian labor force

82,520 68,351 8,347 3,852 13,255

Percent of population

73.0 73.7 66.7 75.3 80.2

Employed

77,486 64,624 7,398 3,692 12,248

Percent of population

68.5 69.7 59.1 72.2 74.1

Unemployed

5,033 3,727 949 160 1,007

Unemployment rate

6.1 5.5 11.4 4.1 7.6

Not in labor force

30,593 24,374 4,169 1,260 3,270
Men, 20 years and over

Civilian noninstitutional population

104,453 86,056 11,194 4,787 14,971

Civilian labor force

79,047 65,483 7,962 3,767 12,629

Percent of population

75.7 76.1 71.1 78.7 84.4

Employed

74,750 62,304 7,151 3,621 11,769

Percent of population

71.6 72.4 63.9 75.6 78.6

Unemployed

4,297 3,179 811 146 860

Unemployment rate

5.4 4.9 10.2 3.9 6.8

Not in labor force

25,406 20,573 3,232 1,021 2,342
Women, 16 years and over

Civilian noninstitutional population

120,675 96,814 15,328 5,639 15,616

Civilian labor force

71,767 57,284 9,393 3,350 8,769

Percent of population

59.5 59.2 61.3 59.4 56.2

Employed

67,876 54,501 8,554 3,225 8,098

Percent of population

56.2 56.3 55.8 57.2 51.9

Unemployed

3,891 2,782 839 125 672

Unemployment rate

5.4 4.9 8.9 3.7 7.7

Not in labor force

48,908 39,531 5,934 2,289 6,847
Women, 20 years and over

Civilian noninstitutional population

112,260 90,400 13,974 5,333 14,127

Civilian labor force

68,382 54,508 8,991 3,278 8,274

Percent of population

60.9 60.3 64.3 61.5 58.6

Employed

65,039 52,124 8,260 3,162 7,707

Percent of population

57.9 57.7 59.1 59.3 54.6

Unemployed

3,342 2,384 732 116 567

Unemployment rate

4.9 4.4 8.1 3.5 6.9

Not in labor force

43,878 35,892 4,982 2,055 5,853
Both sexes, 16 to 19 years

Civilian noninstitutional population

17,075 13,084 2,676 630 3,042

Civilian labor force

6,858 5,644 787 157 1,121

Percent of population

40.2 43.1 29.4 24.9 36.9

Employed

5,573 4,697 541 134 870

Percent of population

32.6 35.9 20.2 21.3 28.6

Unemployed

1,285 947 246 23 251

Unemployment rate

18.7 16.8 31.2 14.6 22.4

Not in labor force

10,218 7,440 1,889 473 1,921

NOTE: Estimates for the above race groups (white, black or African American, and Asian) do not sum to totals because data are not presented for all races. Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.

 

SOURCE: Current Population Survey, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

Last Modified Date: December 17, 2009