September 5, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Percent of U.S. labor force by race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, 2011 annual averages
Race or ethnicity Number Percent

Total

153,617,000 100.0

White, non-Hispanic

103,334,000 67.3

Hispanic or Latino

22,898,000 14.9

Black or African American, non-Hispanic

17,110,000 11.1

Asian, non-Hispanic

7,242,000 4.7

Two or more races

2,149,000 1.4

American Indian and Alaska Native

1,182,000 0.8

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

439,000 0.3
Unemployment rate by race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, 2011 annual averages
Race or ethnicity Unemployment rate

Black or African American, non-Hispanic

15.9

American Indian and Alaska Native

14.6

Two or more races

13.6

Hispanic or Latino

11.5

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

10.4

White, non-Hispanic

7.2

Asian, non-Hispanic

7.0

These data are featured in the TED article, Racial and ethnic characteristics of the U.S. labor force, 2011.

 

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