U.S. white unemployment rate decreases while African American rate increased

December 5, 2011

Business, U.S. unemployment rate

November 2011 unemployment rate for whites decreased while it increased for African Americans

White male unemployment lowered to 7.3% while African American male unemployment increased to 16.5%

White female unemployment lowered to 6.9% while African American female unemployment increased to 12.9%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
African American unemployment
African American unemployment for November 2011 increased to 15.5% (Seasonally adjusted)
African American unemployment for October 2011 was 15.1% (Seasonally adjusted)
African American unemployment for September 2011 was 16.0% (Seasonally adjusted)
African American unemployment for August 2011 was 16.7% (Seasonally adjusted)African American unemployment for July 2011 was 15.9% (Seasonally adjusted) 
African American unemployment for June 2011 was 16.2% (Seasonally adjusted)
African American unemployment for May 2011 was 16.2% (Seasonally adjusted)
African American unemployment for April 2011 was 16.1% (Seasonally adjusted)
African American unemployment for May 2010 was 15.3% (Seasonally adjusted)

By Sex
African American unemployment for men 20 years and over
November 2011 increased to 16.5% (Seasonally adjusted)
October 2011 was 16.2% (Seasonally adjusted)
September 2011 was 16.8% (Seasonally adjusted)
August 2011 was18.0% (Seasonally adjusted)
July 2011 was 17.0% (Seasonally adjusted)
June 2011 was 17.0% (Seasonally adjusted)
May 2011 was 17.5% (Seasonally adjusted)
April 2011 was 17.0%  (Seasonally adjusted)
May 2010 was 17.0% (Not seasonally adjusted).
September 2009 was 15.5% (Not seasonally adjusted).
August 2010 was at 17.3%

African American unemployment for women 20 years and over
November 2011 increased to 12.9% (Seasonally adjusted)
October 2011 was 12.6% (Seasonally adjusted)
September 2011 was 13.2% (Seasonally adjusted)
August 2011 was 13.4% (Seasonally adjusted)
July 2011 was 13.4% (Seasonally adjusted)
June 2011 was 13.8% (Seasonally adjusted)
May 2011 was 13.4% (Seasonally adjusted)
April 2011 was 13.4% (Seasonally adjusted)
May 2010 was 12.0% (Not seasonally adjusted).
September 2009 was 13.4% (Not seasonally adjusted).
August 2010 was 13.2%

African American unemployment for both sexes, 16 to 19 years
November 2011 increased to 39.6% (Seasonally adjusted)
October 2011 was 37.8% (Seasonally adjusted)
September 2011 was 44.2% (Seasonally adjusted)
August 2011 increased to 46.5% (Seasonally adjusted)
July 2011 was 39.2% (Seasonally adjusted)
June 2011 was 39.9% (Seasonally adjusted)
May 2011 was 40.7% (Seasonally adjusted)
April 2011 was 41.6% (Seasonally adjusted)
May 2010 was 38.4% (Not seasonally adjusted).
September 2009 was 40.7% (Not seasonally adjusted).
August 2010 was 45.4%
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White unemployment
White unemployment for November 2011 decreased to 7.6% (Seasonally adjusted)
White unemployment for October 2011 was 7.9% (Seasonally adjusted)
White unemployment for September 2011 was 7.7% (Seasonally adjusted)
White unemployment for August 2011 was 7.7% (Seasonally adjusted)
White unemployment for July 2011 was 7.9% (Seasonally adjusted)
White unemployment for June 2011 was 8.1% (Seasonally adjusted)
White unemployment for May 2011 was 7.9% (Seasonally adjusted)
White unemployment for May 2010 was 8.4% (Seasonally adjusted)

By Sex
White unemployment for men 20 years and over
November 2011 decreased to 7.3% (Seasonally adjusted)
October 2011 was 7.9% (Seasonally adjusted)
September 2011 was 7.7% (Seasonally adjusted)
August 2011 was 7.7% (Seasonally adjusted)
July 2011 was 7.9% (Seasonally adjusted)
June 2011 was 8.1% (Seasonally adjusted)
May 2011 was 7.9% (Seasonally adjusted)
April 2011 was 7.9% (Seasonally adjusted)
May 2010 was 8.4% (Not seasonally adjusted).
September 2009 was 8.7% (Not seasonally adjusted).
August 2010 was 8.9%

White unemployment for women unemployment 20 years and over

November 2011 decreased to 6.9% (Seasonally adjusted)
October 2011 was 7.0% (Seasonally adjusted)
September 2011 was 7.1% (Seasonally adjusted)
August 2011 was 7.0% (Seasonally adjusted)
July 2011 was 7.0% (Seasonally adjusted)
June 2011 was 7.1% (Seasonally adjusted)
May 2011 was 7.1% (Seasonally adjusted)
April 2011 was 7.0% (Seasonally adjusted)
May 2010 was 7.0% (Not seasonally adjusted).
September 2009 was 7.2% (Not seasonally adjusted).
August 2010 was 7.1%

White unemployment for both sexes, 16 to 19 years
November 2011 decreased to 21.4% (Seasonally adjusted)
October 2011 was 21.8% (Seasonally adjusted)
September 2011 was 21.3% (Seasonally adjusted)
August 2011 was 23.0% (Seasonally adjusted)
July 2011 was 23.0% (Seasonally adjusted)
June 2011 was 21.8% (Seasonally adjusted)
May 2011 was 20.7% (Seasonally adjusted)
April 2011 was 22.3%  (Seasonally adjusted)
May 2010 was 25.1% (Not seasonally adjusted).
September 2009 was 23.0% (Not seasonally adjusted).
August 2010 was 23.8%

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Seasonally Adjusted
Not Seasonally Adjusted
 
Seasonal adjustment is a statistical method for removing the seasonal component of a time series used when analyzing non-seasonal trends. Whereas, not-seasonally-adjusted reflects the actual current data. It is normal to report not-seasonally-adjusted data for current unemployment rates. Seasonally adjusted data may be used for the longer term comparison.
 
Total employment and unemployment vary throughout the year. For example,higher unemployment in January and February isn’t uncommon because of work in agriculture, construction and other seasonal industries slowing down. Also, both employment and unemployment rise every June, when students enter the labor force in search of summer jobs. Seasonally adjusted numbers also take into account seasonal hiring/layoff patterns that go along with winter and summer holidays.

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