Unemployment rate demographics, September 2012

October 10, 2012

The unemployment rate declined by 0.3 percentage point to 7.8 percent in September. For the first 8 months of 2012, the rate held within a narrow range of 8.1 to 8.3 percent.

Unemployment rates by selected demographic group,
January 2007-September 2012
MonthTotal, 16 years and overBlack or African AmericanMen, 20 years and overHispanic or Latino ethnicityWomen, 20 years and overWhiteTeenagers, 16 to 19 years

Jan 2007

4.67.94.25.84.04.214.8

Feb 2007

4.58.04.25.33.84.114.9

Mar 2007

4.48.44.05.13.83.814.9

Apr 2007

4.58.34.05.53.94.015.9

May 2007

4.48.34.05.73.83.915.9

Jun 2007

4.68.54.05.63.94.116.3

Jul 2007

4.78.14.25.94.24.215.3

Aug 2007

4.67.64.15.54.14.215.9

Sep 2007

4.78.04.25.84.14.215.9

Oct 2007

4.78.54.35.64.14.115.4

Nov 2007

4.78.54.25.84.24.216.2

Dec 2007

5.09.04.46.34.44.416.8

Jan 2008

5.09.14.56.54.34.417.7

Feb 2008

4.98.44.46.34.24.416.7

Mar 2008

5.19.24.66.94.54.516.1

Apr 2008

5.08.64.66.94.24.415.9

May 2008

5.49.64.96.94.64.819.0

Jun 2008

5.69.45.17.74.75.019.2

Jul 2008

5.810.05.47.64.75.220.7

Aug 2008

6.110.65.78.15.45.518.6

Sep 2008

6.111.36.18.04.95.419.1

Oct 2008

6.511.46.38.85.45.919.9

Nov 2008

6.811.66.78.75.76.220.3

Dec 2008

7.312.17.49.46.06.720.6

Jan 2009

7.812.77.910.06.57.120.7

Feb 2009

8.313.78.511.16.87.522.2

Mar 2009

8.713.69.011.67.18.022.2

Apr 2009

8.914.99.411.47.18.122.3

May 2009

9.414.99.812.67.58.623.4

Jun 2009

9.514.89.912.27.68.724.7

Jul 2009

9.514.89.812.57.78.724.3

Aug 2009

9.614.910.113.17.78.925.1

Sep 2009

9.815.410.112.77.89.025.9

Oct 2009

10.016.010.513.08.09.327.0

Nov 2009

9.915.810.312.67.99.226.8

Dec 2009

9.916.210.112.88.19.026.7

Jan 2010

9.716.510.112.67.98.725.9

Feb 2010

9.816.010.212.48.08.925.4

Mar 2010

9.816.710.112.68.08.826.2

Apr 2010

9.916.410.112.48.29.025.7

May 2010

9.615.49.712.38.08.826.7

Jun 2010

9.415.29.812.47.78.625.9

Jul 2010

9.515.79.612.27.98.625.9

Aug 2010

9.616.19.712.18.08.725.8

Sep 2010

9.516.09.612.47.98.625.8

Oct 2010

9.515.99.512.58.18.627.0

Nov 2010

9.816.19.913.18.48.924.5

Dec 2010

9.415.89.412.98.18.525.2

Jan 2011

9.115.78.912.07.98.125.4

Feb 2011

9.015.48.811.67.98.023.9

Mar 2011

8.915.68.711.37.87.924.5

Apr 2011

9.016.28.811.87.98.124.9

May 2011

9.016.28.911.88.08.024.1

Jun 2011

9.116.29.011.68.08.124.6

Jul 2011

9.115.98.911.37.98.124.9

Aug 2011

9.116.78.811.37.97.925.3

Sep 2011

9.015.98.711.38.17.924.5

Oct 2011

8.915.08.711.47.98.024.0

Nov 2011

8.715.58.311.47.87.623.7

Dec 2011

8.515.88.011.07.97.523.1

Jan 2012

8.313.67.710.57.77.423.2

Feb 2012

8.314.17.710.77.77.323.8

Mar 2012

8.214.07.610.37.47.325.0

Apr 2012

8.113.07.510.37.47.424.9

May 2012

8.213.67.811.07.47.424.6

Jun 2012

8.214.47.811.07.47.423.7

Jul 2012

8.314.17.710.37.57.423.8

Aug 2012

8.114.17.610.27.37.224.6

Sep 2012

7.813.47.39.97.07.023.7

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Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (7.3 percent), adult women (7.0 percent), and whites (7.0 percent) declined over the month. The unemployment rates for teenagers (23.7 percent), blacks (13.4 percent), and Hispanics (9.9 percent) were little changed.

These data are from the Current Population Survey and are seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — September 2012," (HTML) (PDF) news release USDL-12-1981.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Unemployment rate demographics, September 2012 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20121010.htm (visited April 20, 2014).

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