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The Black Labor Force in the Recovery — Text Only Charts

Chart 1: Unemployment Rate for Blacks, Hispanics and Whites
(seasonally adjusted data, January 2007 - May 2011)

 

White

Black

Hispanic

2007 - Jan

4.2

7.9

5.7

2007 - Feb

4.0

8.0

5.3

2007 - Mar

3.8

8.3

5.1

2007 - Apr

4.0

8.3

5.4

2007 - May

3.9

8.3

5.8

2007 - Jun

4.1

8.5

5.6

2007 - Jul

4.2

8.1

5.9

2007 - Aug

4.2

7.7

5.5

2007 - Sep

4.2

8.1

5.8

2007 - Oct

4.2

8.5

5.6

2007 - Nov

4.2

8.5

5.8

2007 - Dec

4.4

9.0

6.3

2008 - Jan

4.4

9.1

6.4

2008 - Feb

4.4

8.3

6.2

2008 - Mar

4.5

9.1

6.9

2008 - Apr

4.4

8.6

6.9

2008 - May

4.8

9.6

6.9

2008 - Jun

5.0

9.5

7.7

2008 - Jul

5.2

10.0

7.6

2008 - Aug

5.5

10.7

8.1

2008 - Sep

5.5

11.4

8.0

2008 - Oct

5.9

11.4

8.9

2008 - Nov

6.2

11.5

8.7

2008 - Dec

6.7

12.1

9.4

2009 - Jan

7.1

12.7

9.9

2009 - Feb

7.5

13.6

11.1

2009 - Mar

8.0

13.5

11.5

2009 - Apr

8.1

15.0

11.4

2009 - May

8.6

15.0

12.8

2009 - Jun

8.7

14.9

12.2

2009 - Jul

8.7

14.8

12.5

2009 - Aug

8.9

15.0

13.1

2009 - Sep

9.1

15.4

12.7

2009 - Oct

9.4

15.8

13.1

2009 - Nov

9.1

15.7

12.6

2009 - Dec

9.0

16.2

12.8

2010 - Jan

8.7

16.4

12.5

2010 - Feb

8.8

15.8

12.3

2010 - Mar

8.7

16.5

12.5

2010 - Apr

9.0

16.5

12.4

2010 - May

8.8

15.5

12.4

2010 - Jun

8.6

15.4

12.4

2010 - Jul

8.6

15.7

12.1

2010 - Aug

8.7

16.2

12.1

2010 - Sep

8.7

16.1

12.5

2010 - Oct

8.8

15.7

12.6

2010 - Nov

8.9

16.0

13.2

2010 - Dec

8.5

15.8

13.0

2011 - Jan

8.0

15.7

11.9

2011 - Feb

8.0

15.3

11.6

2011 - Mar

7.9

15.5

11.3

2011 - Apr

8.0

16.1

11.8

2011 - Mar

8.0

16.2

11.9




Chart 2: Unemployment Rate among Black Adult Men, Adult Women, and Youth
(seasonally adjusted monthly data, Jan 2007 - May 2011)

 

Adult Black Men

Adult Black Women

Black Youth

2007 - Jan

7.5

6.5

27.8

2007 - Feb

7.6

6.5

28.3

2007 - Mar

8.8

6.3

25.8

2007 - Apr

8.3

6.1

31.8

2007 - May

8.1

6.6

29.3

2007 - Jun

8.2

6.6

31.8

2007 - Jul

7.6

6.8

27.2

2007 - Aug

6.8

6.3

32.1

2007 - Sep

7.4

6.8

29.2

2007 - Oct

8.2

7.2

26.8

2007 - Nov

8.1

7.1

28.8

2007 - Dec

8.4

7.1

33.1

2008 - Jan

8.3

7.4

33.6

2008 - Feb

7.9

6.6

30.7

2008 - Mar

8.4

7.7

32.4

2008 - Apr

8.4

7.4

25.5

2008 - May

8.9

8.1

32.1

2008 - Jun

9.5

7.6

30.1

2008 - Jul

10.5

7.4

33.2

2008 - Aug

10.6

8.9

30.0

2008 - Sep

12.0

9.2

29.5

2008 - Oct

12.0

8.9

32.5

2008 - Nov

12.5

9.2

31.0

2008 - Dec

13.9

8.9

32.7

2009 - Jan

14.3

9.3

36.3

2009 - Feb

15.0

10.2

38.9

2009 - Mar

15.4

10.2

33.5

2009 - Apr

17.1

11.3

36.3

2009 - May

16.7

11.4

40.2

2009 - Jun

16.3

11.7

39.0

2009 - Jul

16.2

11.8

36.7

2009 - Aug

17.0

11.8

35.0

2009 - Sep

16.4

12.5

40.9

2009 - Oct

17.3

12.5

41.2

2009 - Nov

17.0

11.8

49.0

2009 - Dec

16.8

13.1

47.7

2010 - Jan

17.7

13.2

43.0

2010 - Feb

17.8

12.1

41.8

2010 - Mar

19.0

12.4

41.1

2010 - Apr

17.7

13.8

38.3

2010 - May

17.1

12.4

38.5

2010 - Jun

17.4

11.8

40.4

2010 - Jul

16.7

12.9

41.3

2010 - Aug

17.2

13.2

45.7

2010 - Sep

17.4

12.7

49.2

2010 - Oct

16.2

12.8

47.7

2010 - Nov

16.6

13.1

46.3

2010 - Dec

16.5

13.2

44.2

2011 - Jan

16.5

12.9

45.4

2011 - Feb

16.2

13.0

38.4

2011 - Mar

16.8

12.5

42.1

2011 - Apr

17.0

13.4

41.6

2011 - May

17.5

13.4

40.7




Chart 3: Unemployment Rate for Blacks and Whites aged 25 and older, by Educational Attainment, 2010 Annual Average

 

Black Unemployment Rate

White Unemployment Rate

Less than a High School diploma

22.5%

13.9%

High School graduates

15.8%

9.5%

Some college or Associate degree

12.4%

7.6%

Bachelor's degree or higher

7.9%

4.3%




Chart 4: Employment Population ratio by sex for Whites and Blacks
(seasonally adjusted, monthly data, Jan 2007 - May 2011)

 

Black Men

Black Women

White Men

White Women

2007 - Jan

66.7

60.6

73.8

58.0

2007 - Feb

66.0

60.3

73.8

58.0

2007 - Mar

65.0

60.1

74.1

58.2

2007 - Apr

65.4

59.9

73.8

57.6

2007 - May

65.0

59.8

73.8

57.9

2007 - Jun

64.5

59.9

73.6

57.9

2007 - Jul

66.4

59.7

73.3

57.9

2007 - Aug

66.8

59.8

73.0

57.8

2007 - Sep

65.9

59.7

73.1

58.0

2007 - Oct

64.8

59.4

73.1

57.9

2007 - Nov

65.2

58.9

73.4

58

2007 - Dec

64.7

59.1

73.3

57.8

2008 - Jan

65.3

59.5

73.6

57.9

2008 - Feb

65.8

59.6

73.3

57.8

2008 - Mar

65.4

59.9

73.2

57.8

2008 - Apr

65.3

60.0

72.9

57.8

2008 - May

64.5

59.2

72.7

57.8

2008 - Jun

64.6

59.2

72.6

57.8

2008 - Jul

63.7

59.2

72.6

57.7

2008 - Aug

64.2

58.9

72.2

57.6

2008 - Sep

62.9

58.0

72.0

57.6

2008 - Oct

62.3

58.6

71.7

57.6

2008 - Nov

61.7

58.6

71.3

57.4

2008 - Dec

61.0

58.7

70.7

57.1

2009 - Jan

60.5

58.0

70.3

56.8

2009 - Feb

59.8

57.4

69.9

56.8

2009 - Mar

59.2

56.9

69.2

56.7

2009 - Apr

58.3

56.7

69.2

56.8

2009 - May

58.5

56.3

68.9

56.5

2009 - Jun

58.2

56.3

68.7

56.3

2009 - Jul

58.1

56.1

68.6

56.2

2009 - Aug

57.5

55.7

68.4

56.2

2009 - Sep

57.2

55.2

68.1

55.7

2009 - Oct

57.1

54.8

67.9

55.8

2009 - Nov

57.4

55.6

67.8

55.8

2009 - Dec

57.4

54.5

67.5

55.5

2010 - Jan

57.0

54.8

67.6

56.1

2010 - Feb

57.0

55.6

67.8

55.9

2010 - Mar

57.2

55.1

68.0

55.9

2010 - Apr

57.6

55.0

68.2

55.8

2010 - May

58.4

55.4

68.3

55.7

2010 - Jun

57.3

55.4

68.1

55.6

2010 - Jul

57.3

54.5

68.1

55.6

2010 - Aug

57.4

54.7

68.2

55.6

2010 - Sep

57.1

54.9

68.1

55.5

2010 - Oct

57.8

55.2

67.7

55.3

2010 - Nov

57.6

55.2

67.3

55.2

2010 - Dec

57.6

55.0

67.7

55.3

2011 - Jan

57.1

54.8

67.8

55.4

2011 - Feb

57.2

54.9

68.1

55.3

2011 - Mar

57.2

54.4

68.0

55.7

2011 - Apr

56.9

53.7

68.1

55.6

2011 - May

56.1

53.7

68.3

55.5




Chart 5: Black Unemployment by State — 2010 Annual Averages

State

Persons

Black Unemployment

Alabama

25,000 — 99,999 persons

16.8%

Alaska

0 — 4,999 persons

5.4%

Arizona

10,000 — 24,999 persons

10.2%

Arkansas

25,000 — 99,999 persons

16.5%

California

100,000 and more persons

19.5%

Colorado

10,000 — 24,999 persons

12.8%

Connecticut

25,000 — 99,999 persons

17.2%

Delaware

10,000 — 24,999 persons

12.0%

District of Columbia

25,000 — 99,999 persons

17.2%

Florida

100,000 and more persons

16.7%

Georgia

100,000 and more persons

16.4%

Hawaii

0 — 4,999 persons

9.6%

Idaho

0 — 4,999 persons

8.0%

Illinois

100,000 and more persons

17.8%

Indiana

25,000 — 99,999 persons

19.8%

Iowa

5,000 — 9,999 persons

13.2%

Kansas

10,000 — 24,999 persons

13.2%

Kentucky

25,000 — 99,999 persons

19.6%

Louisiana

25,000 — 99,999 persons

12.2%

Maine

0 — 4,999 persons

21.4%

Maryland

25,000 — 99,999 persons

11.3%

Massachusetts

25,000 — 99,999 persons

11.5%

Michigan

100,000 and more persons

23.9%

Minnesota

10,000 — 24,999 persons

22.0%

Mississippi

25,000 — 99,999 persons

18.5%

Missouri

25,000 — 99,999 persons

15.3%

Montana

0 — 4,999 persons

N/A

Nebraska

0 — 4,999 persons

10.5%

Nevada

10,000 — 24,999 persons

20.8%

New Hampshire

0 — 4,999 persons

10.3%

New Jersey

25,000 — 99,999 persons

15.1%

New Mexico

0 — 4,999 persons

18.8%

New York

100,000 and more persons

14.5%

North Carolina

100,000 and more persons

17.4%

North Dakota

0 — 4,999 persons

N/A

Ohio

100,000 and more persons

16.9%

Oklahoma

10,000 — 24,999 persons

13.1%

Oregon

0 — 4,999 persons

12.8%

Pennsylvania

25,000 — 99,999 persons

16.2%

Rhode Island

5,000 — 9,999 persons

15.7%

South Carolina

100,000 and more persons

18.2%

South Dakota

0 — 4,999 persons

N/A

Tennessee

25,000 — 99,999 persons

14.6%

Texas

100,000 and more persons

13.4%

Utah

25,000 — 49,999 persons

11.4%

Vermont

0 — 4,999 persons

N/A%

Virginia

25,000 — 99,999 persons

11.2%

Washington

10,000 — 24,999 persons

21.1%

West Virginia

5,000 — 9,999 persons

18.9%

Wisconsin

25,000 — 99,999 persons

25.0%

Wyoming

0 — 4,999 persons

6.2%