Behind The Numbers !

imagesCAWGCQ5G Date 07/08/2016

In May, the national unemployment rate declined by 0.3 percentage point to 4.7 percent, and the number of unemployed persons declined by 484,000 to 7.4 million. Both measures had shown little movement from August to April. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (4.3 percent), adult women (4.2 percent), Whites (4.1 percent), and Hispanics (5.6 percent) declined in May. The rates for teenagers (16.0 percent), Blacks (8.2 percent), and Asians (4.1 percent). The unemployment by race, age and sex are as follow. The unemployment rate for black males fell from 9.5 percent to 7.6 percent. That’s major as the national unemployment drop to 8.8 percent from 8.2 percent. Black females saw their rate increase from 6.9 percent to 7.4 percent. Black teenagers saw their rate increase also to 26.0 percent 27.1 percent. White men saw their rate drop from 4.0 to 3.7 percent. White females also saw a drop in their unemployment rate from 4.0 percent 3.6 percent. 38,000 jobs were created in May. White teenagers saw their rate increase to 14.4 percent from 13.4 percent. The national economy created 38,000 jobs.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor
Date 06/02/16

The national economy created  123,000 jobs ( revised from  160,000) in  April. The national unemployment rate remained the same at 5.0 percent (u-3).  U-6, the rate many experts say  is the true rate of unemployment dropped from 9.8 percent to 9.70 percent. The number of unemployed remained the same at 7.9 million.  Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for Hispanics increased to 6.1 percent in April, while the rates for adult men (4.6 percent), adult women (4.5 percent), teenagers (16.0 percent), whites (4.3 percent), blacks (8.8 percent), and Asians (3.8 percent) showed little or no change. A breakdown based on race yielded the following;  The rate for black men continued to increase and now stands at 9.5 percent; black women saw their rate spike downward to 6.9 percent from 8.0 percent; black teenagers saw an increase to 26.0 percent; white men increased to 4.0 percent from 3.9 percent; white women also saw an increase from 3.9 to 4.0 percent and white teenagers saw a drop from 13.9 to 13.4 percent.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date 05/07/16

The national economy created 186,000  jobs  ( revised from  208,000) in March and the national unemployment increased to 5.0 percent. The number of unemployed persons in March was 8.0 million Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (4.5 percent),adult women (4.6 percent), teenagers (15.9 percent), whites (4.3 percent), blacks(9.0 percent), Asians (4.0 percent), and Hispanics (5.6 percent). A breakdown by race, sex and age of unemployment was concluded to be as follow: black men (8.7 percent), black women (8.0 percent), black teenagers 17 to 19 years of age (25.3 percent), white men (3.9 percent) , white women (3.9 percent) and white teenagers 17 to 19 years of age (13.9 percent). The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was essentially unchanged at 2.2 million in March and has shown little movement since June. In March, these individuals accounted for 27.6 percent of the unemployed.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 5/06/16

The national economy created  233,000 (revised up from 245, 000) in February, and the national unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.9 percent. When it comes to the various workers groups, the unemployment rates for for adult men (4.5 percent), adult women (4.5 percent), teenagers (15.6 percent), whites (4.3 percent), blacks (8.8 percent), Asians (3.8 percent), and Hispanics (5.4 percent).  A breakdown by race, sex and age yielded the following: black men 8.6 percent, black women 7.9 percent, black teenagers 23.3 percent, white men 3.9 percent; white women 3.9 percent and white teenagers 13.9 percent.  The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was essentially unchanged at 2.2 million in February and has shown little movement since June. In February, these individuals accounted for 27.7 percent of the unemployed.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 03/31/16

The number of unemployed in January were 7.8 million. The national unemployment rate in January was 4.9 percent. The number of jobs created in January was 168,000 ( revised down from 172,000. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men, 4.5 percent and  Whites at 4.3 percent declined in January. The jobless rates for adult women were 4.5 percent, teenagers 16.0 percent, Blacks 8.8 percent, Asians 3.7 percent, and Hispanics 5.9 percent. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was essentially unchanged in January, at 2.1 million, and has shown little movement since June. These individuals accounted for 26.9 percent of the unemployed. Unemployment based on race age and sex for January was as follow: Black male  8.4 percent, Black female 7.9 percent, Black teenagers 25.2 percent, White male  3.9 percent White women 3.9 percent and  White teenagers 14.4 percent.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 02/03/16

There were 271,000 (revised up from 262,000) jobs created in December, and the national unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.0 percent. The number of unemployed persons, at 7.9 million, was essentially unchanged in December. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for blacks declined from 9.4 percent to 8.3 percent in December, while the rates for adult men were 4.7 percent; adult women 4.4 percent; teenagers 16.1 percent; whites 4.5 percent; Asians 4.0 percent, and Hispanics 6.3 percent showed little or no change. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was essentially unchanged at 2.1 million in December and accounted for 26.3 percent of the unemployed. Unemployment based on age, sex and race was as follow: black males declined to 8.7 percent; black females declined to 6.9 percent; black teenagers 16 to 19 years of age, both sexes increased to 23.7 percent; white males unemployment rate was little changed at 4.2 percent; white woman declined to 3.9 percent and white teenagers increased to 14.9 percent. The u-6 category unemployment rate which is held by many experts to be the true unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.9 percent.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 12/31/15

In November, the national unemployment rate held at 5.0 percent, and the number of unemployed persons, at 7.9 million, was essentially unchanged. Over the past 12 months, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons are down by 0.8 percentage point and 1.1 million, respectively. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (4.7 percent), adult women (4.6 percent), teenagers (15.7 percent), whites (4.3 percent), blacks (9.4 percent), Asians (3.9 percent), and Hispanics (6.4 percent) showed little or no change in November. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 2.1 million in November and has shown little movement since June. In November, these individuals accounted for 25.7 percent of the unemployed. The economy created 280,000 (revised up from 252,000) jobs in November. A broader measure of unemployment designated as U-6 which many experts consider to be the true measure of nation’s unemployment –which includes people who aren’t working or looking for work, and people who want a full-time job but can only find a part-time ticked higher in November to 9.9 percent. The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) increased by 319,000 to 6.1 million in November, following declines in September and October. These individuals, who would have preferred full-time employment, were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job. Over the past 12 months, the number of persons employed part time for economic reasons is down by 765,000. Unemployment rates broken down on age, sex and racial basis were as follow: black males increased to 9.9 percent; black females ticked down to 8.0 percent; black teenagers dropped to 23.7 percent; white males ticked down to 4.0 percent;  white females ticked up to 4.0 percent and white teenagers dropped to 13.5 percent.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 12/01/15

The national unemployment rate fell to 5% in October. The economy created 307,000 jobs ( revised upward from 298,000 jobs). The headline number has fallen sharply from a 10% peak during the recession and is now at the lowest level since April 2008. A broader measure–which includes people who aren’t working or looking for work, and people who want a full-time job but can only find a part-time position–dropped to 9.8%, the lowest since May 2008 but still above levels typical during this phase of an expansion. Both the unemployment rate of 5.0 percent and the number of unemployed persons, 7.9 million were essentially unchanged in October. Over the past 12 months, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 0.7 percentage point and 1.1 million, respectively. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men; 4.7 percent, adult women; 4.5 percent, teenagers; 15.9 percent, whites; 4.4 percent, blacks; 9.2 percent, Asians; 3.5 percent, and Hispanics; 6.3 percent showed little or no change in October. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was essentially unchanged at 2.1 million in October and has shown little change since June. These individuals accounted for 26.8 percent of the unemployed in October. The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) edged down by 269,000 to 5.8 million in October. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job. Over the past 12 months, the number of persons employed part time for economic reasons has declined by 1.2 million. A breakout of unemployment rates along racial lines are, black males; 9.2 percent, black females; 8.1 percent, black teenagers; 25.6 percent, white males; 4.1 percent, white females; 3.9 percent and white teenagers; 13.8 percent.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 12/01/2015

The national economy created 145,000 in September (revised upward from 137,000 ), and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.1 percent. The number of unemployed persons were little changed at 7.9 million. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men; 4.7 percent, adult women; 4.6 percent, teenagers; 16.3 percent, whites; 4.4 percent, blacks 9.2 percent, Asians 3.6 percent, and Hispanics 6.4 percent. The number of persons unemployed for less than 5 weeks increased by 268,000 to 2.4 million in September, partially offsetting a decline in August. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 2.1 million in September and accounted for 26.6 percent of the unemployed. Unemployment based on racial grounds were, black men; 8.9 percent, black women; 8.0 percent and black teenagers; 31.5 percent. White male unemployment was 4.1 percent, white women; 3.9 percent and white teenagers; 13.9 percent.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 10/01/2015

The national economy created 153,000 jobs in August (revised upward from 136,000). The national unemployment rate ticked down to 5.1 percent. The number of unemployed stands at 8 million. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) held at 2.2 million in August and accounted for 27.7 percent of the unemployed. Among the major worker groups, the black unemployment rate jumped from 9.1 percent last month to 9.5 percent; white unemployment declined to 4.4 percent; adult men 4.7 percent; adult women 4.7 percent; teenagers 16.9 percent; Asian 3.5 percent and Hispanics 6.6 percent. Unemployment rates based on racial groups were, black men 9.2 percent; black women 8.1 percent; black teenagers 31.3 percent; white men 4.1 percent; white women 4.1 percent and white teenagers 14.3 percent. The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls edged up by 0.1 hour to 34.6 hours in August. The manufacturing workweek was unchanged at 40.8 hours, and factory overtime edged down by 0.1 hour to 3.3 hours. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 33.7 hours.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 09/24/2015

The national unemployment rate for July was 5.3 percent. The economy created 223,000 jobs in July (revised downward from 245,000). Unemployment rates across worker groups for July were: adult men – 4.8 percent; adult women – 4.9 percent; whites – 4.6 percent; blacks – 9.1 percent; Asians – 4.0 percent, and Hispanics – 6.8 percent. The number of unemployed persons in July was 8.3 million. In July, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 2.2 million. These individuals accounted for 26.9 percent of the unemployed. Unemployment rates across racial groups were: black men – 8.8 percent; black women – 8.0 percent; black teenagers – 28.7 percent, white men- 4.3 percent; white women – 4.3 percent and white teenagers – 14.1 percent.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 07/05/2015

The national economy created 245,000 jobs in June (revised upward from 231,000). The national unemployment rate dropped to 5.3 percent. The number of unemployed persons declined by 375,000 to 8.3 million. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) declined by 381,000 to 2.1 million June. They now account for 25.8 percent of the unemployed. Among worker groups, the unemployment rate for adult was 4.8 percent; adult women 4.8 percent; blacks 9.5 percent; whites 4.6 percent; teenagers 18.1 percent; Asians 3.8 percent and Hispanics 6.6 percent. Job gains have averaged 221,000 per month over the past 3 months. The following is a breakdown of the June unemployment numbers based on race, sex and age: black men 9.5 percent; black women 7.9 percent; black teenagers 16 to 19 years of age, both sexes 31.8 percent; white men 4.2 percent; white women 4.2 percent and white teenagers 16 to 19 years of age, both sexes 15.7 percent.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 06/05/2015

The national economy created 254,000 jobs in May ( revised upward to 260,000). Most economists had expected far less. The unemployment rate increased to 5.5 percent. The number of unemployed in May was 8.7 million. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for adult men was 5.0 percent; adult women 5.0 percent; teenagers 17.9 percent; whites 4.7 percent; blacks 10.2 percent, up from 9.6 percent; Asians 4.1 percent and Hispanics 6.7. Over the past five months, job gains have averaged 234,400 per month. A breakdown by race, sex and age yielded the following: black male unemployment rate moved up from 9.2 percent to 10.2 percent (back over 10 percent which was highest rate reached nationally by all races during the Great Recession in October of 2009); black women 8.8 percent, unchanged from last month; black teenagers 30.1 percent, up from 27.5 percent; white men 4.2 percent, down from 4.4 percent; white women 4.3 percent and white teenagers moved up from 14.5 percent to 15.5 percent.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 05/08/2015

The national economy created 187,000 in April (revised down from 221,000). The national unemployment rate dropped to 5.4 percent. The number of unemployed persons now stands at 8.5 million. The number of long-term unemployed is 2.5 million, accounting for 29 percent of the unemployed. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for Asians was 4.4 percent; adult men 5.0 percent; adult women 4.9 percent; teenagers 17.1 percent; whites 4.7 percent; blacks 9.6 percent and Hispanics 6.9 percent. A breakout based on race, sex and age revealed the following: black unemployment for the first time in seven years fell into single digits at 9.6 percent from 10.1 percent; black male 9.2 percent; black female 8.8 percent; black teenagers 27.5 percent; white male 4.4 percent; white female 4.2 percent; and white teenagers 14.5 percent.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 05/07/2015

In March, the national economy created only 119,000 jobs (revised up from 85,000 jobs), well below the projected amount. The national unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.5 percent. The number of unemployed in March was 8.6 million. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for adult men 5.1 percent; adult women 4.9 percent; teenagers 17.5 percent; blacks 10.1 percent; Hispanics 6.8 percent; whites 4.7 percent and Asians 3.2 percent. The number of long-term unemployed ( those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 2.6 million in March. They accounted for 29.8 percent of the unemployed. A breakdown by race, age and sex yielded the following: black males 10.0 percent; black females 9.2 percent; and black teenagers both sexes, ages 16 to 19 was 25.0 percent. The unemployment rate for white males was 4.4 percent; white females 4.2 percent and white teenagers 15.7 percent.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 05/07/2015

The national economy in February created 295,000 jobs. The national unemployment was 5.5 percent and the number of unemployed persons was 8.7 million. The number of long-termed unemployed was little changed at 2.7 million. Among worker groups, the unemployment rate for adult men was 5.2 percent; adult women 4.9 percent; whites 4.7 percent; blacks 10.4 percent; Asians 4.0 percent; and Hispanics 6.6 percent. The unemployment rate for teenagers decreased by 1.7 percent to 17.1 percent in February. The unemployment rate breakdown by race, sex and age showed the following: black male 10.4 percent; black female 8.9 percent; black teenager 30 percent; white male 4.5 percent; white female 4.2 percent and white teenager 15.0 percent. 

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date  Line 02/03/15

The national economy in January created 257,000. The unemployment rate was little changed at 5.7 percent. The number of unemployed was 9.0 million. In January, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was essentially unchanged at 2.8 million. These individuals accounted for 31.5 percent of the unemployed. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for teenagers at 18.8 percent increased in January. The jobless rates for adult were 5.3 percent; adult women 5.1 percent; whites 4.9 percent; blacks 10.3 percent; Asians 4.0 percent; and Hispanics 6.7 percent showed little or no change. The unemployment rates for black men in January were 10.6 percent; black women 8.7 percent; black teenagers 29.7 percent; white men 4.5 percent; white women 4.4 percent and white teenagers 16.4 percent.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 02/02/15

There were 252,000 jobs created in December and the unemployment rate declined to 5.6 percent. The number of unemployed persons declined by 383,000 to 8.7 million people. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for adult women in December was 5.0 percent, while the rate for adult men was 5.3 percent; teenagers 16.8 percent; whites 4.8 percent; blacks 10.4 percent and Hispanics 6.5 percent. The jobless rate for Asians, at 4.2 percent ( not seasonally adjusted ), changed little. In December, the number of long -term unemployed ( those jobless for 27 weeks or longer) was essentially unchanged at 2.8 million and accounted for 31.9 percent of the unemployed. A breakdown of the unemployed in December based on race, sex, and age was as follow: The black male unemployment rate was 11.0 percent; black women 8.2 percent and black teenagers 33.2 percent. The white male unemployment rate was 4.4 percent; white women 4.4 percent and white teenagers 14.2 percent.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 01/06/2015

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 321,000 in November, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.8 percent.  Job gains were widespread, led by growth in professional and business services, retail trade, health care, and manufacturing. In November, the number of unemployed persons was little changed at 9.1 million. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for adult men rose to 5.4 percent  in November. The rates for adult women (5.3 percent), teenagers (17.7 percent), whites  (4.9 percent), blacks (11.1 percent), and Hispanics (6.6 percent) showed little change over the month. The jobless rate for Asians was 4.8 percent (not seasonally adjusted),  little changed from a year earlier. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little  changed at 2.8 million in November. These individuals accounted for 30.7 percent of  the unemployed. The  black male unemployment rate in November was 11.2%; black female 9.6%; black teenagers 28.1%; white male 4.6%; white female 4.5%; and white teenagers 15.6%.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

 Date Line 11/30/2014

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 214,000 in October, and the unemployment  rate edged down to 5.8 percent. Employment increased in food services and drinking places, retail trade, and  health care. Both the unemployment rate (5.8 percent) and the number of unemployed persons  (9.0 million) edged down in October. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for whites declined to 4.8  percent in October. The rates for adult men (5.1 percent), adult women (5.4 percent), teenagers (18.6 percent), blacks (10.9 percent), and Hispanics (6.8 percent) changed little over the month. The jobless rate for Asians was 5.0 percent  (not seasonally adjusted), little changed from a year earlier. In October, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or  more) was little changed at 2.9 million. These individuals accounted for 32.0  percent of the unemployed. Over the past 12 months, the number of long-term unemployed has declined by 1.1 million. A breakdown of unemployment rates on racial, sexual and age basis yielded the following: white (4.8 percent); white male (4.2 percent); white women (4.6 percent); white teenager (16.3 percent);  black (10.9 percent); black male (10.7 percent); black female (9.4 percent);  and black teenagers (32.6 percent).

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 11/01/2014

The national economy created  248,000 in September, and the unemployment rate declined to 5.9 percent.  The number of unemployed persons decreased by 329,000 to 9.3 million. Among the major worker groups, unemployment rates declined in September for adult men to 5.3 percent; whites 5.1 percent; and Hispanics 6.9 percent. The rates for adult women 5.5 percent; teenagers 20.0 percent; and blacks @ 11.0 percent showed little change over the month. The jobless rate for Asians was 4.3 percent (not seasonally adjusted), little changed from a year earlier. A breakdown by race and age yielded the following results in September: The rate for blacks  males increased from from 10.8 percent to 11.0 percent. Black women rate of unemployment dropped to 9.6 percent from 10.6 percent; black teenagers dropped from 32.8 percent to 30.5 percent. The rate for white males dropped from 4.9 percent to 4.4 percent which is considered “full employment.”  The rate of unemployment for white women remained the same @ 4.8 percent. White teenagers saw their rate increase from 17.7 percent to 18.7 percent.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 09/12/2014

The national unemployment rate dropped from 6.2 percent to 6.1 percent during August; the national economy created only 142,000 jobs in August, well below forecasts. The rate for black women rose from 10.1 percent to 10.6 percent. The rate for black men dropped from 11.1 percent to 10.8 percent. Black teenagers aged 16 to 19 years old saw their rate also decrease from 34.9 percent to 32.8 percent. The overall rate of unemployment for African Americans as a working group was unchanged at 11.4 percent. It is accepted by those who follow the unemployment numbers that these numbers could be off and higher by as much as 2 to 5 percent or more. Among the other major worker groups,  the unemployment rates in August  for  adult men was 5.7 percent; adult women 5.7 percent; teenagers 19.6 percent, whites 5.3 percent; and Hispanics 7.5 percent.  The jobless rate for Asians was 4.5 percent (not seasonally adjusted). Unemployment based on a racial and age basis was as followed: white men, increased to 4.9 percent from 4.8 percent; white women decreased from  4.9 percent to 4.8% percent.  White teenagers 16 to 19 years rate of unemployment decreased to 17.7 percent from 18.3 percent.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 08/05/2014

The national unemployment rate rose to 6.2 percent in July, while the number of unemployed rose to 9.7 million persons. The unemployment rate for the major working groups were in July as follow: Black unemployment, moved up to 11.4 percent; adult women saw a rate increase to 5.7 percent; adult men 5.7 percent; teenagers, 20.2 percent; whites, 5.3 percent and Hispanics, 7.8 percent. The  unemployment rate for Asians was 4.5 percent (not seasonally adjusted). The national economy created 209,ooo jobs in July.  A breakdown on a racial, sex and age basis of unemployment rates for July yielded the following: The unemployment rate for black men, twenty years and older was 11.1 percent; for black women in the same age category, the rate was 10.1 percent, an increase of 1.1 percent from the prior month; black teenagers, 16 to 19 years old, the rate increased to 34.9 percent from 33.4 percent. The unemployment rate for white men twenty years and older was 4.8 percent, down from 4.9 percent amd white women, 4.9 percent.  The rate for white teenagers, age 16 to 19 was 18.3 percent, down from 18.9 percent.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 07/31/2014

In June, the unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage point to 6.1 percent. The number of unemployed persons decreased by 325,000 to 9.5 million. The national economy created 288,000 jobs, surpassing expectations. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult women was 5.3 percent and blacks 10.7 percent.  Teenagers’ unemployment was 21 percent.  The rates for adult men 5.7 percent; whites 5.3 percent, and Hispanics 7.8 percent. The jobless rate for Asians was 5.1 percent (not seasonally adjusted). A racial breakdown for June saw blacks males drop from a rate of 11.5 percent to 10.9 percent; white males dropped from 5 percent to 4.9 percent; black females dropped from 10.0 percent to single digit @ 9.0 percent. The rate of white females dropped from 4.9 percent to 4.8 percent. The unemployment rate for black teenagers actually increased 31.1 percent last month to 33.4 percent, while the rate for white teenagers increased from 16.9 percent to 18.9 percent.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date line 06/07/2014

The national economy created 217,000 jobs in May. The number of unemployed was unchanged in May and stands at 9.8 million people. The national unemployment rate remained at 6.3 per cent.  The unemployment rate by working groups are as follow: adult men, 5.9 per cent; adult women, 5.7 per cent; teenagers, 19.2 per cent; Whites, 5.4 per cent; Blacks, 11.5 per cent, and Hispanics, 7.7 per cent.   The jobless rate for Asians was 5.3 percent (not seasonally adjusted).   Based on race, sex and age, the following unemployment numbers for May were: Black male unemployment increased from 10.8 per cent to 11.5 per cent and White male unemployment decreased from 5.1 to 5.0 per cent.  Black women rate of unemployment decreased from 10.4 per cent to 10.0 per cent, while the rate for White women increased from 4.7 per cent to 4.9 per cent. May offered some relief to Black teenagers, their rate dropped from 36.8 per cent to 31.1 per cent while the rate for White teenagers increased from 15.9 per cent 16.9 per cent.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 05/31/2014

April saw the national economy create 288,000 jobs. The national unemployment  rate fell from 6.7 percent to 6.3 per cent. It is estimated 9.8 million persons are still unemployed. The unemployment rate for men came in at 5.9 percent; for adult women it was 5.7 per cent; for Blacks, the rate was 11.6 per cent; for Whites, the rate was 5.3 percent; Hispanics had a rate was 7.3 percent; for Asians, the rate was 5.7 percent (not seasonally adjusted).   The teenagers rate of unemployment for April was 19.1 percent.  A break down of the unemployment numbers for April by race and sex yielded the following: Black males had an unemployment rate of that dropped from 12.1 percent to 10.8 percent; Black females saw their rate drop from 11.0 per cent to 10.4 per cent, while Black teenagers saw their rate of unemployment increase to 36.8 percent from 36.1 percent. White males had an unemployment rate 5.1 percent. In May, that rate was 5.3 per cent. White female saw their rate drop from 5.3 per cent to 4.7 percent. White teens saw a drop from 18.3 percent to 15.9 per cent.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 04/30/2014

In March, the number of unemployed persons was unchanged at 10.5 million, and the unemployment rate held at 6.7 percent. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for adult women increased to 6.2 percent in March, and the rate for adult men decreased to 6.2 percent. The rates for teenagers (20.9 percent), Whites (5.8 percent), Blacks (12.4 percent), and Hispanics (7.9 percent) showed little or no change. The jobless rate for Asians was 5.4 percent (not seasonally adjusted), little changed from a year earlier. The national economy created 192,000 jobs. This was below expectation. 250,000 jobs was the expected number. The unemployment rate for Black males decreased to 12.1 percent from 12.9 percent; Black females saw their rate jump from 9.9 percent to 11 percent and Black teenagers’ rate increased to 36.1 percent from from 32.4 percent. The unemployment rate for White males dropped to 5.3 percent from 5.5 percent; Whites females saw their rate increase slightly to 5.3 percent from 5.1 percent. White teenagers rate of unemployment stayed the same at 18.3 percent.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 03/07/2014

The U.S. economy created 175,000 ( revised to 197,000) jobs in February and the national unemployment rate ticked up to 6.7%. Following are the unemployment rates among the major labor groups for February: Blacks, 12.0%; Whites, 5.8%; Hispanics, 8.1%; and Asians 6.0% (seasonally adjusted ). The national rate of unemployment for all teenagers was 21.4%. The unemployment rates for all adult women was 5.9% and all adult men, 6.4%.  The unemployment rates based on race, sex and age were as follow in February: Black men, 12.9%, up from 12.0% in January; Black women 9.9% down from 10.4%; Black teenagers 32.4%, down from 38.0%, White males 5.5%, up from 5.4%, White females, 5.1%, down from 5.2% and White teenagers 18.3%, up from 17.5%.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 02/28/2014

The national economy created 129,000 ( revised to 144,000) jobs in January. The national employment rate was 6.6%.  Unemployment among the major working groups are as follow:  Blacks, 12.1%; Whites, 5.7%; Hispanics, 8.4% and Asians, 4.8% ( not seasonally adjusted). The rate of unemployment for adult men was 6.2%, adult women 5.9 and teenagers, 20.7.  The unemployment rates based on race sex and age are as follow: Black men increased from 11.5% to 12.0%; Black women rate of unemployment remained the same at 10.4%, Black teenagers 16 to 19 years of age rate increased from   35.5% to 38.0%, White men rate dropped from 5.6% to 5.4%; White women rate dropped also from 5.3% to 5.2% and White teenagers saw drop from 18% to 17.5%.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Date Line 01/31/2014

The national unemployment rate declined to 6.7% from 7.0%. The unemployment rate for adult men was 6.3%; adult women, 6.0%; Blacks, 11.9%; Whites, 5.9%; teenagers, 20.2%; Hispanics, 8.3%; Asians, 4.1% ( not seasonally adjusted). The number of unemployed declined to 10.4 million people.  The economy created 74,000 jobs. Broken down by race, sex, and age, the unemployment rate for Black men was 11.5%; Black women, 10.4%;  White men, 5.6%; White women, 5.3%, Black teenagers, 35.5% and White teenagers, 18.0%.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 12/06/2013

The national unemployment rate declined from 7.3% to 7.0 % in November, and the economy created 203,000 jobs. These 203,000 new jobs came on top of October’s creation of 204,000 jobs. This is a very good report! There were across the board decreases in unemployment in every labor group. The number of unemployed also declined from 11.3 million to 10.9 million. When looking at the major labor groups, the unemployment rate for adult men was; 6.7 %, adult women 6.2 % , teenagers 20.8% , Whites 6.2 %, Blacks 12.5 %, and Hispanics 8.7 %. The jobless rate for Asians was 5.3 %   (not seasonally adjusted). Broken down by race, sex, and age, the unemployment rates are the following: Black adult men jobless rate declined from  13.0% to 12.3%, Black women saw a decline  from 11.5% to 11.1% and Black teenagers who are taking it on chin when it comes to joblessness saw their rate decrease from 36.0% to 35.8%.  White adult males jobless rate dropped from 6.2% to 6.0%, White women dropped to 5.3% from 5.5%  and White teenagers saw a decline to 18.6% from 19.4% earlier.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 11/30/2013

The national economy in October created 204,000 jobs. The national unemployment rate increased to 7.3% from 7.2% in September. The  number of unemployed persons, at 11.3 million, changed little in October.  Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men; 7.0 %, adult women; 6.4 %, teenagers; 22.2 %, Whites; 6.3%,  Blacks; 13.1%,  and Hispanics; 9.1%.  The jobless rate for Asians was 5.2 percent (not seasonally adjusted).  The national unemployment rate for Black men, 20 years and over dropped a full percentage point  from 14% to 13%. White men in the same age group saw their rate slightly increase from 6.1% to 6.2%. Black women took the brunt of the overall increase in black unemployment with their rate increasing to 11.5 % from 10.0 %.  White women rate of unemployment remained the same at 5.5%. Black teenagers, the age group from 16 to 19 years, continue to be mired in the highest numbers of any group. Their unemployment rate increased to 36 % from 35.1 %. White teenagers’ unemployment rate moved up slightly from 19.3% to 19.4%.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

 Dateline 10/31/2013

The economy created 148,000 in September, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 7.2 percent in September.  The number of unemployed persons, at 11.3 million, was also little changed over the month. Among the major worker groups; the unemployment rates for adult men, 7.1 percent, adult women, 6.2 percent, teenagers, 21.4 percent, Whites, 6.3 percent, Blacks 12.9 percent and Hispanics, 9.0 percent showed little or no change in September. The jobless rate for Asians was 5.3 percent (not seasonally adjusted), little changed from a year earlier.  Unemployment status based on race, age and sex is as follows:  Black male unemployment increased to 14.0 percent from 13.5 percent, Black female unemployment decreased to 10.0 percent from 10.6 percent, Black teenagers, 16 to 19 years of age, both sexes decreased to 35.1percent from 38.2 percent, White male unemployment dropped to 6.1 percent from 6.2 percent, White female unemployment remained the same at 5.9 percent and White teenagers dropped to 19.3 percent from 20.5 percent.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 09/23/2013

The national economy created in August 169,000 jobs. This number was short of the 250,000 to 300,000 jobs needed to normalize our unemployment numbers.  The national unemployment rate dropped slightly from 7.4% to 7.3%. The jobless rate is down from 8.1 percent a year ago. Unemployment among the tracked working groups was as follows: The Black unemployment rate for August is 13.0%;  Hispanics, 9.3%, and Whites, 6.4%. The jobless rate for Asians is 5.1 percent (not seasonally adjusted ).  The unemployment rates for adult men are 7.1%; adult women, 6.4% and teenagers 22.7%.  The unemployment numbers broken down by race, sex and age are as follows: Black males, 20 years and older 13.5%; Black females, 20 years and older, 10.6%, Black teenagers 16 to 19 years, both sexes, 38.2%, White males 20 years and older, 6.2%, White women  20 years and older, 5.5%, White teenagers 16 to 19 years, both sexes, 20.5%.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 08/30/2013

The economy created a total of 162,000 jobs in July. The national unemployment rate decreased to 7.4%. The officially estimated number of unemployed workers numbers 11.5 million. Among the individual major work groups, the unemployment rate breaks down as follows: Black, 12.6%; Whites, 6.6%; Hispanics, 9.4% and Asians, not seasonally adjusted 5.7%. The rates for adult men were, 7.0%, adult women 6.5%, and teenagers 23.7%. The racial breakout of the unemployment rates are as follows: Black men, 12.5%; Black women, 10.5%; Black teenagers, 41.6%; White men 6.3%, White women 5.8%; and White teenagers 20.3%.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 07/19/2013

The economy in June created 195,000 jobs. The national unemployment rate was unchanged @ 7.6%. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate in June for adult women was 6.8%;  adult men was 7.0%; teenagers, 24.0%; Whites, 6.6%; Blacks, 13.7%; and Hispanics, 9.1%. The Asian  unemployment rate was 5.0% ( not seasonally adjusted).  A break down based racial groups are as follows: Black male unemployment dropped to 13% from 13.5%; White male unemployment dropped to 6.2% from 6.4%.  The unemployment rate for Black women increased from 11.2% to 12%, while the unemployment rate for White women increased from 5.8% to 6.0%.  The unemployment rate for Black teenagers 16 to 19 years old in June jumped from  42.6%  to 43.6% while the unemployment arte for White teenagers, same age dropped from 21.6% to 20.4%.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 06 /10/2013

The national unemployment rate increased to 7.6% from 7.5%. Total jobs created by the national economy in May was 175,000.  The unemployment rate for adult men in May was 7.2%; adult women 6.5%; teenagers 24.5%; Blacks 13.5%; Whites 6.7%; and Hispanics 9.1%. The unemployment rate for Asians was 4.3% ( not seasonally adjusted ).  The racial breakdown of the unemployed is as follows:  Blacks male unemployment saw an increase from 12.6% to 13.5%; White male unemployment remained the same at 6.4%; Black women saw a decrease in unemployment in May from 11.6% to 11.2%; White women had an up tick from 5.7% to 5.8%; and Black teenagers saw their rate increase from  40.5% to 42.6% ( both sexes ages 16 to 19 ) while White teenagers saw a decrease from 21.8% to 21.6%.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 05/21/2013

The national economy created 165,000 jobs in April.  The national unemployment rate for April was 7.5%. The breakdown among major worker groups, were adult women 6.7%; adult men 7.1%; teenagers 24.1%; Whites 6.7%; Blacks 13.2% and Hispanics 9.0%. The unemployment rate for Asians was 5.1% ( not seasonally adjusted) .  Following is breakdown by race: Black male unemployment in April was 12.6%; White male 6.4%; Black women 11.6%; White women 5.7%; Black teenagers, both sexes 40.5%  and White teenagers, both sexes 21.8%.

 Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 04/30/2013

The economy created 88,000 jobs in March. This number was well below any expectations by those who follow that number. The national unemployment rate dropped to 7.6%. In regard to major work groups, the unemployment rate for adult men was 6.9%; adult women, 7.0%; teenagers, 24.2%; Whites, 6.7%; Blacks, 13.3%; Hispanics, 9.2% and Asians 5.0%.  Asian rate not seasonally adjusted.  In regard to a break out based on races, Black male unemployment for March was 12.7%; White male 6.1%; Black female 12.2%; White female 6.1%; Black teenagers, both sexes, ages 16 to 19, 33.8% and White teenagers, same category as Black teenagers, 22.5%.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 03/11/2013

In February, the economy created 236,000 jobs. The national unemployment rate dropped to 7.7%.  Broken down by working groups, the unemployment rate for Blacks remained the same at 13.8%; Whites moved down to 6.8%; adult men moved down to 7.1%; adult women moved down to 7.0%; teenagers’  rate of unemployment moved up to 25.1% and the rate for Hispanics moved down to 9.6%.  The jobless rate for Asians was 6.1%  (not seasonally adjusted).  The unemployment rate by race was as follows: Black men rate of unemployment decreased to 12.9% from 13.4% and Black women rate of unemployment increased from 12.3% to 12.5%. The rate for White men dropped from 6.6% to 6.3%, while the rate for White women dropped from 6.4% to 6.0%. Black teenagers saw their rate increase from 37.8% to 43.1% and White teenagers saw an increase from 20.8% to 22.1%.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 02/16/2013

The national unemployment for January was essentially the same as December. It clocked in at 7.9%.   The unemployment rates, as related to the various major working groups are, Blacks, 13.8%; Whites, 7.0%; adult men, 7.3%; adult women, 7.3%; teenagers, 23.4%; and Hispanics, 9.7%. Asians not seasonally adjusted rate of unemployment was 6.5%.  Black male unemployment improved from 14.0% to 13.4% and White male unemployment increased from 6.2% to 6.4%.  Black women unemployment increased from 12.2% to 12.3% while White women unemployment went from 6.3% to 6.4%.   Black teenagers continue to be hit hard with an unemployment rate of 37.8%. White teenagers rate of unemployment came in at 20.8%.  The economy created 157,000 jobs.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 01/04/2013

The  national rate of unemployment for December was unchanged at 7.8%.  However there were changes in the underlying major worker groups.  The most radical was among Blacks, who saw their rate of unemployment increase to 14.o% from 13.2%. The unemployment rates for adult men was 7.2%, adult women 7.3%, and teenagers 23.5%.  The White unemployment rate edged up from 6.8% to 6.9%, the Hispanics’ rate of unemployment actually dropped from 10.0% to 9.6% and the Asians’ rate edged up from 6.4% to 6.6% ( not seasonally adjusted). The Black male unemployment rate rose to 14.0%, Black females saw an increase to 12.2% and Black teenagers’ rate of increase was to 40.5% .  White men rate of unemployment was recorded at 6.2%, White women, 6.3% and White teenagers, 21.6. The economy created 155,000 jobs.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 12/08/2012 

The national unemployment rate decreased to 7.7%.  The economy created 146,000 jobs. The unemployment rate for adult men for November was 7.2%; adult women, 7.0%; teenagers, 23.5%. When the rate is broken down by race, the Black unemployment rate was 13.2%; Hispanics 10.0%, White 6.8%; and Asians 6.4% ( not seasonally adjusted). Black men rate of unemployment for November dropped to 13.0%  from 14.1%; Black women saw a  rate drop from 12.4% to 11.4% while Black teenagers’ rate went  from  40.5% to 39.4%. White men saw a decrease from 6.6% to 6.4%; White women went from 6.3% to 6.2% and White teenagers went from 20.6% to 20.2%.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 11/02/2012

The economy created 171,000 in October. The national unemployment rate increased to 7.9% from 7.8%.  The Black unemployment rate overall surged  almost a full percentage point to 14.3% from 13.4%. Other major groups’ unemployment rates were,  adult men 7.3 %, adult women 7.2%,  teenagers 23.7 % , Whites 7.0% and Hispanics 10.0 %. Asians’ rate of unemployment was 4.9 percent in October (not seasonally adjusted), down from 7.3 percent a year earlier.  The unemployment rate for Black women accounted for the  large increase in the Black unemployment rate as Black women rate of unemployment jumped almost 2 percentage points to 12.4%, from 10.9%. Black male unemployment remained virtually the same moving down from 14.2% to 14.1%, compared to White male unemployment which remained the same @ 6.6%. The rate of unemployment for White women also went unchanged @ 6.3%. Unemployment for Black teenagers  moved dramatically higher to 40.5% from 36.7% , while White teenagers saw a decrease to 20.6% from 21.2%.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 10/11/2012

While the unemployment rate nationally dropped to 7.8%, it is notable the unemployment rate for Black men barely moved, going from 14.3% to 14.2%. There was healthy movement downward in other population groups.  The rate of unemployment for adult men moved from 7.6% to 7.3%;  adult women moved from 7.3% to 7.0%; and the unemployment rate for Whites moved to 7.0%  from 7.2%. The unemployment rates for teenagers dropped from 24.6% to 23.7 %. The Black unemployment rate overall dropped to 13.4 % from 14.1% boosted in part by the decrease in the rate of unemployment for Black women which dropped from 12.0% to 10.9%.   Black teenagers also saw a decrease to 36.7% from 37.9%. The rate of Hispanic unemployment moved from 10.2% to 9.9% and  the jobless rate for Asians was 4.8% (not seasonally adjusted).  White male unemployment dropped from 6.8% to 6.6% and White female unemployment dropped from 6.5% to 6.3%. White teenagers rate of unemployment dropped from 22.8% to 21.2%. The economy created 114,000 jobs.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 09/17/2012

The national unemployment rate for August dropped from 8.3% to 8.1%. The unemployment rate for adult men came in at 7.6%; adult women, 7.3%; teenagers overall, 24.6; Whites, 7.2%, Blacks, 14.1%; Hispanics, 10.2% and Asians 5.9%.  The unemployment rate for Black males edged down to 14.3%, while Black females saw an increase to 12.0% from 11.5%. Black teenagers’ rate of unemployment for August increased to 37.9% from 36.6%. White male unemployment saw a drop to 6.8% from 6.9%. White female unemployment also dropped to 6.5% from 6.8%, however White teenagers saw their rate increase to 22.8% from 21.5%.  The economy created 96,000 jobs, down from last month.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 08/11/2012 

This economy created 163, 000 in July, however the national unemployment rate  increased to 8.3%.  A breakdown by groups is as follow: Hispanics; 10.3%,  adult men; 7.7%, adult women; 7.5 %, teenagers;  23.8 %, Whites; 7.4 %,  and Blacks; 14.1 %.  The jobless rate for Asians was 6.2 %  in July (not seasonally adjusted).  A further breakdown racially is as follows: Black men:14.8%, Black women;11.5%, Black teenagers; 36.6%, White men; 6.9%, White women; 6.8% and White teenagers 21.5%.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 07/10/2012

The national unemployment rate was unchanged from last month and stayed at 8.2% for June. However, Black unemployment ratched up significantly to 14.4 % from 13.6%.  The rate of unemployment for adult men was 7.8%, adult women 7.4%, teenagers 23.7%, Whites 7.4%, and Hispanics 11.0%. The rate of unemployment for Asians was 6.3% in June.  Black men rate of  joblessness was 14.2%,  Black women 12.7%, and Black teenagers 39.2%. The rate of unemployment for White men was 7.0%, White women was 6.6% and White teenagers was 20.9%.  The economy created 80,000 jobs.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 06/03/2012 

We can officially say this recovery is losing steam. May saw only 69,000 jobs created. The national unemployment rate increased to 8.2%.  The unemployment rate for adult men for May was 7.8 percent; Hispanics, 11.0 percent;  The rates for adult women were 7.4 percent; Teenagers 24.6 percent; Whites ,7.4 percent; and Blacks, 13.6 percent. The jobless rate for Asians was 5.2 percent in May (not seasonally adjusted).  Black men unemployment rate increased to 14.2 percent, and White men increased to  7.0 percent. Black women unemployment rate increased to 11.4 percent, while White women decreased to 6.7 percent. Black teenager unemployment for May was 36.5 percent, White teenager unemployment was 22.0 percent.   

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 05/05/2012

Is the recovery losing steam? Two months do not make a trend. Only 115,000 jobs were created in April as compared to March which saw 120,000 jobs created. This economy needs to create 250,000 to 300,000 jobs on a regular monthly basis to sustain a healthy recovery. Here are the unemployment rates by major groups, adult men, 7.5%; adult women 7.4%; teenagers, 24.9; Blacks, 13.0% which represents a decline of 1% from last month; Whites, 7.4%; and Hispanics, 10.3%. Asians unemployment rate came in at 5.2% not seasonally adjusted. The national unemployment rate dropped to 8.1% from 8.2%. The unemployment rate for Black men was 13.6%; White men, 6.8%; Black women, 10.8% which is significant as this is a drop in the rate of 1.5%; White women rate of unemployment was 6.8%; Black teens, 38.2 and White teens, 22.8%.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 04/25/2012

 March saw 120,000 created and the national unemployment rate was little changed, dropping from 8.3% to 8.2%. Unemployment among the major groups of workers were as follows: Adult men, dropped to 7.6 from 7.7%; adult women, dropped from 7.7% to 7.4% ; teenagers, increased from 23.8% to 25.0%; Whites remained the same at 7.3%; Blacks dropped from 14.1% to 14.0%, and Hispanics dropped from 10.7% to 10.3%. Asians rate of unemployment dropped from 6.3% to 6.2% not adjusted seasonally. A break down based on individual groups shows White men rate of unemployment remained the same at 6.8% in March, and Black men unemployment rate dropped from 14.3 % to 13.8%. The rate of unemployment for White women dropped from 6.8% to 6.6%. Black women unemployment rate was little changed dropping from 12.4% to 12.3%. Black teenagers however saw their rate increase from 34.7% to 40.5% while white teenagers saw their rates increase from 21.3% to 22.5%.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 03/31/2012

The economy created 227,000 jobs in February, and the national unemployment rate remained the same at 8.3%.  Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (7.7 percent), adult women (7.7 percent), teenagers (23.8 percent), Whites (7.3 percent), Blacks (14.1 percent), and Hispanics (10.7 percent) showed little or no change in February. The jobless rate for Asians was 6.3 percent, not seasonally adjusted. The rate of unemployment for White men was 6.8%, White women 6.8% and White teenagers 21.3%. Blacks fared worst with the unemployment rate for Black men being  14.3%, Black women 12.4% and Black teenagers 34.7%.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

  Dateline 02/25/2012

The unemployment rate decreased to 8.3% in January. There were  243,000 jobs created in January according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The unemployment rate as reflected by the major groups are,  adult men, 7.7%; Blacks, 13.6%; adult women, 7.7%; Whites, 7.4%; Hispanics, 10.5% ; Asians, 6.7%, not seasonally adjusted; and teenagers, 23.2% .  A further breakdown by groups, reveals, the unemployment rate among Black men decreased from 15.7% in December to 12.7% in January, White men dropped to 6.9% from 7.1%, Black women decreased to 12.6%  from 13.9%, while White women’s rate  of unemployment  remained even at  6.8%.  The unemployment rate for White teenagers in January was 21.1%. Black teenagers rate of unemployment in January came in at 38.5%. 

 Source: U.S. Department of Labor  

Dateline 01/12/2012 

Welcome to the new year. Unemployment continues to be a major problem for our economy. The current Administration has yet to articulate a long-term solution to job creation. The national rate of unemployment was 8.5% and the economy created 200,000 jobs. The unemployment rate for adult men decreased to 8.0 percent in December. The rate for adult women came in at  7.9 percent overall. In breaking out the rate of unemployment among various racial groups, the rate for Whites was 7.5%, a decrease from last month’s rate,   Blacks  had a rate of 15.8%, an increase from last month, Hispanics, 11.0%, a decrease, and 6.8%   for Asians, an increase ( not seasonally adjusted ). Teenagers overall had a rate of unemployment of 23.1%.  This represented a decrease from last month’s rate.  The unemployment rate for White men was 7.1%, a decrease from 7.3% last month. For Black men, December’s unemployment rate was 15.7%, a drop from 16.4% ( Black men unemployment was  revised last month from 16.5% to 16.4% for November). White women also saw their rate decrease to 6.8% from 6.9%, while  Black women saw their rate of  unemployment increase to 13.9% from 13.0% ( also adjusted from 13.1% to 13.0% last month). Black teenagers rate of unemployment in December was 42.1%, an increase from 39.6%  compared with that of White teenagers unemployment which was 20.3%, a decrease from 21.3% last month.  

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 12/05/2011 

The national unemployment rate was revised in November to 8.7%  from 8.6%.  Among the major groups, Blacks, 15.5%;  Adult men, 8.3%; White    rate of unemployment was 7.6%. Adult women, 7.8%. Teenagers 23.7%. Hispanics, 11.4%. Asians, 6.5%. The rate of unemployment for Black women and Black men increased. Black women increased to 12.9%, Black men increased to 16.5%.   This compares to the Black male unemployment rate of November, 2010 which was very near the same at 16.6%, however down from a high of 18% in August, 2011 . Black women unemployment rate was 13.1% in November, 2010.   The economy created 120,000 jobs in November. The national unemployment rate is trending in the right direction to the Administration’s credit from a high of 10.1% in October of 2009 to November’s 8.7%. 

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 11/07/2011

The unemployment rate dropped to 9.0 % for the nation. Breaking down the number by groups, unemployment among Blacks dropped to 15.1% ; Adult men overall remained the same at 8.8%; Adult women dropped to 8% from 8.1%; Teenagers rate of unemployment dropped to 24.1% ; The White unemployment rate remained at 8.0% while the Hispanic rate increased from 11.3% to 11.4%; The rate of unemployment for Asians was 7.3%; The rate of joblessness for Black women dropped to 12.6%, from 13.2%, and the rate for Black men dropped to 16.2% from 16.8% . The economy created 80,000 jobs.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 10/10/2011 

The national unemployment rate was unchanged and remained at 9.1% for the month of September. The unemployment rate for Blacks eased to 16.0%. Black male unemployment dropped from 18% to 16.8%, while Black women saw a small decrease to 13.2%. Overall the economy created 103, 000 jobs. Adult men unemployment rate dropped to 8.8%, adult women increased slightly to 8.1%. Teenagers rate of unemployment was 24.6% and the White and Hispanic unemployment rates remained at 8.0%,  and 11.3 % respectively. Asians unemployment rate increased to 7.8%.   

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

 Dateline 09/05/2011 ( Labor Day )

The national rate of unemployment stood at 9.1%. The U.S. economy in August stalled, adding no jobs.  The unemployment rates for adult men dropped to  8.9%, adult women increased to 8.0 %, teenagers increased to 25.4 %, whites dropped to 8.0 %, the black unemployment rate increased from 15.9 % to 16.7 %, and the  Hispanic unemployment rate stayed the same @ 11.3%.  The jobless rate for Asians decreased to 7.1 %, not seasonally adjusted. The unemployment rate for Black men jumped a full percentage point from 17% to 18%. while the rate for Black women remained steady at 13.4 %.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 08/08/2011

July saw  the economy create 117, 000 jobs, far short of the 250,000 needed to sustain a healthy economic recovery.  The unemployment rate overall for the country dropped from 9.2% to 9.1%. Among the major worker groups, the   unemployment rates for adult men was ,9.0 %, adult women, 7.9 %, teenagers, 25.0 %, whites, 8.1 %, blacks, 15.9%, and Hispanics, 11.3 % showed little or no change in July. The jobless rate for Asians was 7.7 percent, not seasonally adjusted.  Black men as a group had a rate of 17% and black women rate of unemployment dropped to 13.4%.

 Source: U.S. Department of Labor

 Dateline 07/08/2011 

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for June was, for adult men, 9.1%, adult women, 8.0%, teenagers, 24.5%, whites, 8.1%, blacks, 16.2%, and Hispanics, 11.6%, showed little or no change   in June. The jobless rate for Asians was 6.8%, not seasonally adjusted. More specifically, Black men got some relief with their rate dropping from 17.5% in May to 17.0% in June.  However Black women’s rate of unemployment increased from 13.4% to 13.8%.  This economy overall created only 18,000 job in June. This number of jobs created by the economy was very weak as the economy, needs to create 250,000 to 300,000  jobs a month to maintain a healthy economic recovery. The national unemployment rate overall increased to 9.2%

Source: U.S. Department of Labor 

Dateline 06/03/2011

The national  unemployment rate increased to 9.1% from 9% for the month of May. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men, was 8.9 %, adult women, 8.0 %, teenagers, 24.2 %, whites, 8.0%, and Hispanics,  11.9 %.  The jobless rate for Asians was 7.0 percent, not seasonally adjusted. April job growth, which was 244,000 was revised downward to 232,000. Private sector jobs created in May were  83,000. The public sector,  meaning government, lost 29,000 for a net gain of only 54,000 jobs created in May. This economy needs to create at least 250,000 to 300,000 jobs  monthly to sustain a healthy economic recovery.  Black unemployment crept up to 16.2% overall with Black men once again taking it on chin, going from a 17% unemployment rate in April to 17.5% rate of unemployment in May. Black women rate of unemployment remained steady at 13.4% for May.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 05/06/2011

The U.S. economy created more jobs in April, 244,000 than in March, 231,000.  However the general unemployment rate increased from 8.8% to 9.0%.  Experts suggest the rate increased, due in part to more people re-entering the labor force in search of jobs and are now being counted. Black unemployment  in general saw an increase from 15.5% to 16.1%. Black men, specifically did not fare much better with an increase from 16.8% to 17%.  The rate of unemployment for Black women also took a hit this month going from 12.5% in March to 13.4% in April.  

Source: U.S. Department of Labor 

Dateline 04/04/2011

The number of unemployed persons (13.5 million) and the  unemployment rate,  8.8%, decreased in March, moving downward from 8.9%. However, the unemployment rate for Blacks as a group increased in March, from 15.3% to 15.5%. Black men were especially hit hard with their rate of unemployment increasing from 16.2% to 16.8%. 

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Dateline 02/25/2011 

Bureau of  Labor Statistics furnishes latest statistics regarding unemployment and the demographic trend in the following states. Latest information available is as of December 2010. Keep in mind when reading these numbers, that in 1930’s, a 25% unemployment rate was considered “a Great Depression.” Here are some of the worst performing states.

State                             General Unemployment              Black Unemployment

California                                                             12.2                                                          19.5

Indiana                                                                 10.6                                                          19.8

Kentucky                                                             10.3                                                          19.6

Maine                                                                     8.2                                                            21.5

Michigan                                                              12.2                                                          23.9

Minnesota                                                            7.3                                                           22.0

Nevada                                                                  14.4                                                         20.8

Washington                                                         10.2                                                         21.1

Wisconsin                                                            8.7                                                          25.0

 

Dateline 2/17/2011

Heard through the grapevine that there are some in the business community who want to make these high unemployment rates the new normal. You say how. Well, they say the normal unemployment rate range is somewhere between 4 % to 7% in good economic times. If the general unemployment rate could be reduced to 7%, this would be the high-end of the normal unemployment range, thus the 7% unemployment rate would be the new normal.   Take action now!!! Become an advocate. 

 

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