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Labor Force Participation Rates by Sex and Race or Hispanic Ethnicity, 1972-2012

Sex and race/ ethnicity

Participation Rates

1972

1975

1980

1985

1990

1995

2000

2005

2010

2012

Women  (all)

43.9

46.3

51.5

54.5

57.5

58.9

59.9

59.3

58.6

57.7

White Women

43.2

45.9

51.2

54.1

57.4

59.0

59.5

58.9

58.5

57.4

Black Women

48.7

48.8

53.1

56.5

58.3

59.5

63.1

61.6

59.9

59.8

Asian Women

 

 

 

 

 

 

59.2

58.2

57.0

56.5

Hispanic Women

 

43.2

47.4

49.3

53.1

52.6

57.5

55.3

56.5

56.6

Men (all)

78.9

77.9

77.4

76.3

76.4

75.0

74.8

73.3

71.2

70.2

White Men

79.6

78.7

78.2

77.0

77.1

75.7

75.5

74.1

72.0

71.0

Black Men

73.6

70.9

70.3

70.8

71.0

69.0

69.2

67.3

65.0

63.6

Asian Men

 

 

 

 

 

 

76.1

74.8

73.2

72.2

Hispanic Men

 

80.7

81.4

80.4

81.4

79.1

81.5

80.1

77.8

76.1


Notes: Beginning in 2003, estimates for White, Black or African American, and Asian race groups include people who selected that race group only. Prior to 2003, people who reported more than one race were included in the group they identified as their main race. Asian estimates for 2000–2002 include Asians and Pacific Islanders; beginning in 2003, Asian is a separate category, as is Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. People of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity may be of any race. Blank cell indicates data not available.

Source: Current Population Survey, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics http://bls.gov/cps/cpsrace2011.pdf Table 4 and http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat05.htm (annual averages)