January, 05 2010 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Labor force demographics, 2008

Employment status of the civilian noninstitutional population by race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, 2008
Employment status         White         Hispanic or
Latino ethnicity
Black or
African American
        Asian        

Civilian noninstitutional population

189,540,000 32,141,000 27,843,000 10,751,000

Civilian labor force

125,635,000 22,024,000 17,740,000 7,202,000

Employed

119,126,000 20,346,000 15,953,000 6,917,000

Unemployed

6,509,000 1,678,000 1,788,000 285,000

Not in labor force

63,905,000 10,116,000 10,103,000 3,549,000

Labor force participation rate

66.3% 68.5% 63.7% 67.0%

These data featured in the TED article, Labor force demographics, 2008.

 

Labor force participation rates by race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, 19802008
        Year                 White         Black or
African American
        Asian         Hispanic or
Latino ethnicity

1980

64.1 61.0 64.0

1981

64.3 60.8 64.1

1982

64.3 61.0 63.6

1983

64.3 61.5 63.8

1984

64.6 62.2 64.9

1985

65.0 62.9 64.6

1986

65.5 63.3 65.4

1987

65.8 63.8 66.4

1988

66.2 63.8 67.4

1989

66.7 64.2 67.6

1990

66.9 64.0 67.4

1991

66.6 63.3 66.5

1992

66.8 63.9 66.8

1993

66.8 63.2 66.2

1994

67.1 63.4 66.1

1995

67.1 63.7 65.8

1996

67.2 64.1 66.5

1997

67.5 64.7 67.9

1998

67.3 65.6 67.9

1999

67.3 65.8 67.7

2000

67.3 65.8 67.2 69.7

2001

67.0 65.3 67.2 69.5

2002

66.8 64.8 67.2 69.1

2003

66.5 64.3 66.4 68.3

2004

66.3 63.8 65.9 68.6

2005

66.3 64.2 66.1 68.0

2006

66.5 64.1 66.2 68.7

2007

66.4 63.7 66.5 68.8

2008

66.3 63.7 67.0 68.5

These data featured in the TED article, Labor force demographics, 2008.

 

 

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