Unemployment rates in October

November 05, 2002

The number of unemployed persons (8.2 million) and the unemployment rate (5.7 percent) were essentially unchanged in October.

Unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted, October 2001–October 2002
[Chart data—TXT]

The jobless rate for adult women edged up to 5.2 percent in October, while the rates for the other major worker groups—adult men (5.2 percent), teenagers (14.6 percent), whites (5.1 percent), blacks (9.8 percent), and Hispanics (7.8 percent)—showed little or no change over the month.

About 1.4 million persons (not seasonally adjusted) were marginally attached to the labor force in October, little changed from a year earlier. These individuals reported that they wanted and were available for work and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not counted as unemployed, however, because they had not actively searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey.

The data in this report are products of the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "The Employment Situation, October 2002" (PDF) (TXT) news release USDL 02-612.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rates in October on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2002/nov/wk1/art02.htm (visited September 28, 2016).


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