Families and unemployment, 2007
June 03, 2008
In 2007, the share of families with an unemployed member was 6.3 percent, little changed from the prior year.
The proportion of families with an unemployed member remained lower than the recent peak of 8.1 percent in 2003.
The proportion of black families with an unemployed member was 10.8 percent in 2007, about twice the proportion among white (5.6 percent) and Asian (5.4 percent) families. Among Hispanic families, 8.5 percent had an unemployed member.
The proportions of white and Asian families with an unemployed member showed little or no change from 2006. The proportion of black families with an unemployed member edged down in 2007, while the percentage of Hispanic families with an unemployed member in 2007 edged up over the year.
In 2007, 4.9 million families had at least one member who was unemployed, unchanged from 2006.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Families and unemployment, 2007 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2008/jun/wk1/art02.htm (visited April 17, 2015).
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