Unemployment among families, 2011
May 08, 2012
In 2011, 11.5 percent of families included an unemployed person, falling from a peak of 12.4 percent in 2010.
The number of families with at least one member unemployed decreased from 9.7 million in 2010 to 9.0 million in 2011.
In 2011, black and Hispanic families remained more likely to have an unemployed member (18.9 and 16.3 percent, respectively) than white and Asian families (10.4 and 10.9 percent, respectively)
These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "Employment Characteristics of Families — 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-0771. The race or ethnicity of a family is determined by that of the householder, the family reference person in whose name the housing unit is owned or rented. Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment among families, 2011 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20120508.htm (visited September 01, 2015).
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