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Unemployment rate by sex, 1970-2012 annual averages

Year

Men

Women

1970

4.4

5.9

1972

5

6.6

1974

4.9

6.7

1976

7.1

8.6

1978

5.3

7.2

1980

6.9

7.4

1982

9.9

9.4

1984

7.4

7.6

1986

6.9

7.1

1988

5.5

5.6

1990

5.7

5.5

1992

7.9

7

1994

6.2

6

1996

5.4

5.4

1998

4.4

4.6

2000

3.9

4.1

2002

5.9

5.6

2004

5.6

5.4

2006

4.6

4.6

2008

6.1

5.4

2010

10.5

8.6

2012

8.2

7.9


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey, 2012 Annual Averages /Graph by the Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor