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The number of unemployed persons fell to 7.0 million in January 2006, and the unemployment rate decreased to 4.7 percent, seasonally adjusted.
The unemployment rate had ranged from 4.9 to 5.1 percent during most of 2005.
The jobless rate for adult men declined to 4.0 percent in January. For other major worker groups—adult women (4.3 percent), teenagers (15.3 percent), whites (4.1 percent), blacks (8.9 percent), and Hispanics (5.8 percent)—unemployment rates were essentially unchanged.
These data are from the Current Population Survey and are seasonally adjusted. For more information, see "The Employment Situation: January 2006" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 06-160.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment down in January at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/feb/wk1/art01.htm (visited May 28, 2023).