March 2012 U.S. unemployment rate decreases to 8.2% but, the jobless rate increased for 16 to 19 year olds

March 2012 unemployment rate decreases to 8.2% but, the jobless rate increased for 16 to 19 year olds

White both sexes, 16 to 19 years unemployment increased to 22.5%, African American both sexes, 16 to 19 years unemployment increased to 40.5%
White male unemployment remained 6.8%, African American male unemployment decreased to 13.8%
White female unemployment decreased to 6.6%, African American female unemployment decreased to 12.3% 

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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 120,000 in March 2012, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 8.2%from 8.3% in February, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported April 6, 2012. The number of unemployed persons was 12.7 million.
Compare the current unemployment rate to the past years since the Great Recession began. The Great Recession and the Global Financial Crisis began in December 2007. The financial crisis was triggered by a complex problems in the United States banking system, the U.S. housing bubble and other financial failures.
Past March unemployment rates:
March 2011 was 9.2%
March 2010  was 9.7%
March 2009 was 8.5%  President Barack Obama assumed office January 20, 2009
Between January and March, 2009 more than 2 million jobs were lost and 663,000 were lost in March 2009 alone. The number of unemployed persons increased to 13.2 million that month
March 2008 was 5.1%
The economy shed 80,000 jobs in March 2008. The unemployment rate in March 2008 ticked up to 5.1% from 4.8%, its highest level since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in September 2005.
March 2007 was 4.4%
In March 2007 there were 6.7 million unemployed persons. The jobless rate had remained within a narrow range, from 4.4% to 4.6% since September 2006.
In March 2012, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) was essentially unchanged at 5.3 million in March. These individuals accounted for 42.5 percent of the unemployed. Since April 2010, the number of long-term unemployed has fallen by 1.4 million. Retail trade employment fell by 34,000 in March.
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African Ameriacan unemployment
African American unemployment for March 2012 decreased to 14.0% (Seasonally adjusted)
African American unemployment for February 2012 was 14.1% (Seasonally adjusted)
African American unemployment for January 2012 was 13.6% (Seasonally adjusted)
African American unemployment for December 2011 was to 15.8% (Seasonally adjusted)
African American unemployment for November 2011 was 15.5% (Seasonally adjusted)
African American unemployment for October 2011 was 15.0% (Seasonally adjusted)
African American unemployment for September 2011 was 15.9% (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
March 2012 decreased to 13.8% (Seasonally adjusted)
February 2012 increased to 14.3% (Seasonally adjusted)
January 2012 was 12.7% (Seasonally adjusted)
December 2011 was 15.7% (Seasonally adjusted)
November 2011 was 16.4% (Seasonally adjusted)
October 2011 was 16.0% (Seasonally adjusted)
September 2011 was 16.6% (Seasonally adjusted)
August 2011 was 18.0% (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
March 2012 decreased to 12.3% (Seasonally adjusted)
February 2012 was 12.4% (Seasonally adjusted)
January 2012 was 12.6% (Seasonally adjusted)
December 2011 was 13.9% (Seasonally adjusted)
November 2011 was 13.0% (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
March 2012 increased to 40.5% (Seasonally adjusted)
February 2012 was 34.7% (Seasonally adjusted)
January 2012 was 38.5% (Seasonally adjusted)
December 2011 was 42.1% (Seasonally adjusted)
November 2011 was 39.6% (Seasonally adjusted)
October 2011 was 37.5% (Seasonally adjusted)
September 2011 was 43.6% (Seasonally adjusted)
August 2011 increased to 46.3% (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
March 2012 remained unchanged at 7.3% (Seasonally adjusted)
February 2012 was 7.3% (Seasonally adjusted)
January 2012 was 7.4% (Seasonally adjusted)
December 2011 was 7.5% (Seasonally adjusted)
November 2011 was 7.6% (Seasonally adjusted)
October 2011 was 8.0% (Seasonally adjusted)
September 2011 was 7.9% (Seasonally adjusted)
August 2011 was 7.9% (Seasonally adjusted)
July 2011 was 7.9% (Seasonally adjusted)
June 2011 was 8.1% (Seasonally adjusted)
May 2011 was 7.9% (Seasonally adjusted)
May 2010 was 8.4% (Seasonally adjusted)
 
By Sex
White unemployment for men 20 years and over
March 2012 remained unchanged at 6.8% (Seasonally adjusted)
February 2012 was 6.8% (Seasonally adjusted)
January 2012 was 6.9% (Seasonally adjusted)
December 2011 was 7.1% (Seasonally adjusted)
November 2011 was 7.3% (Seasonally adjusted)
October 2011 was 7.8% (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
March 2012 decreased to 6.6% (Seasonally adjusted)
February 2012 was 6.8% (Seasonally adjusted)
January 2012 was 6.8% (Seasonally adjusted)
December 2011 decreased to 6.8% (Seasonally adjusted)
November 2011 was 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
March 2012 increased to 22.5% (Seasonally adjusted)
February 2012 was 21.3% (Seasonally adjusted)
January 2012 was 21.1% (Seasonally adjusted)
December 2011 was 20.3% (Seasonally adjusted)
November 2011 was 21.3% (Seasonally adjusted)
October 2011 was 21.7% (Seasonally adjusted)
September 2011 was 21.2% (Seasonally adjusted)
August 2011 was 22.8% (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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