Unemployment in July 2011

August 10, 2011

The number of unemployed persons (13.9 million) and the unemployment rate (9.1 percent) changed little in July. Since April, the unemployment rate has shown little definitive movement.

Unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted, January 2009–July 2011
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Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (9.0 percent), adult women (7.9 percent), teenagers (25.0 percent), whites (8.1 percent), blacks (15.9 percent), and Hispanics (11.3 percent) showed little or no change in July. The jobless rate for Asians was 7.7 percent, not seasonally adjusted.

The civilian labor force declined by 193,000 in July and currently stands at 153.2 million. The labor force participation rate—the percentage of the civilian noninstitutional working-age population who are in the labor force—edged down in July to 63.9 percent.

Civilian labor force, seasonally adjusted, January 2009–July 2011
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These data are from the Current Population Survey. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation – July 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-1151.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Unemployment in July 2011 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2011/ted_20110810.htm (visited September 20, 2014).


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