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The African-American Labor Force in the Recovery — Text Only Charts

Chart 1: Unemployment Rate for African Americans, Hispanics and Whites
(seasonally adjusted monthly data, January 2007 — January 2012)

 

White

Black

Hispanic

2007 — Jan

4.2

7.9

5.7

2007 — Feb

4.1

8.0

5.3

2007 — Mar

3.8

8.4

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

7.6

5.5

2007 — Sep

4.2

8.0

5.8

2007 — Oct

4.1

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

8.4

6.2

2008 — Mar

4.5

9.2

6.9

2008 — Apr

4.4

8.6

6.9

2008 — May

4.8

9.6

6.9

2008 — Jun

5.0

9.4

7.7

2008 — Jul

5.2

10.0

7.6

2008 — Aug

5.5

10.6

8.1

2008 — Sep

5.4

11.3

8.0

2008 — Oct

5.9

11.4

8.9

2008 — Nov

6.2

11.6

8.7

2008 — Dec

6.7

12.1

9.4

2009 — Jan

7.1

12.7

9.9

2009 — Feb

7.5

13.7

11.1

2009 — Mar

8.0

13.6

11.5

2009 — Apr

8.1

14.9

11.4

2009 — May

8.6

14.9

12.8

2009 — Jun

8.7

14.8

12.2

2009 — Jul

8.7

14.8

12.5

2009 — Aug

8.9

14.9

13.1

2009 — Sep

9.0

15.4

12.7

2009 — Oct

9.3

16.0

13.1

2009 — Nov

9.2

15.8

12.6

2009 — Dec

9.0

16.2

12.8

2010 — Jan

8.7

16.5

12.5

2010 — Feb

8.9

16.0

12.3

2010 — Mar

8.8

16.7

12.5

2010 — Apr

9.0

16.4

12.4

2010 — May

8.8

15.4

12.4

2010 — Jun

8.6

15.2

12.4

2010 — Jul

8.6

15.7

12.1

2010 — Aug

8.7

16.1

12.1

2010 — Sep

8.6

16.0

12.5

2010 — Oct

8.6

15.9

12.6

2010 — Nov

8.9

16.1

13.2

2010 — Dec

8.5

15.8

13.0

2011 — Jan

8.1

15.7

11.9

2011 — Feb

8.0

15.4

11.6

2011 — Mar

7.9

15.6

11.3

2011 — Apr

8.1

16.2

11.8

2011 — Mar

8.0

16.2

11.9

2011 — Jun

8.1

16.2

11.6

2011 — Jul

8.1

15.9

11.3

2011 — Aug

7.9

16.7

11.3

2011 — Sept

7.9

15.9

11.3

2011 — Oct

8.0

15.0

11.4

2011 — Nov

7.6

15.5

11.4

2011 — Dec

7.5

15.8

11.0

2012 — Jan

7.4

13.6

10.5




Chart 2: Unemployment Rate among Black Adult Men, Adult Women, and Youth
(seasonally adjusted monthly data, January 2007 — January 2012)

 

Adult Black Men

Adult Black Women

Black Youth

2007 — Jan

7.5

6.5

27.4

2007 — Feb

7.6

6.5

28.5

2007 — Mar

8.8

6.3

25.9

2007 — Apr

8.3

6.1

31.8

2007 — May

8.1

6.6

29.3

2007 — Jun

8.2

6.5

31.9

2007 — Jul

7.6

6.8

27.5

2007 — Aug

6.8

6.3

31.5

2007 — Sep

7.4

6.8

29.0

2007 — Oct

8.2

7.2

27.3

2007 — Nov

8.1

7.1

28.9

2007 — Dec

8.5

7.1

32.8

2008 — Jan

8.3

7.4

32.8

2008 — Feb

8.0

6.6

31.1

2008 — Mar

8.4

7.8

32.5

2008 — Apr

8.3

7.4

25.4

2008 — May

8.9

8.1

32.2

2008 — Jun

9.5

7.6

30.4

2008 — Jul

10.5

7.4

33.5

2008 — Aug

10.5

8.9

29.3

2008 — Sep

11.9

9.2

29.1

2008 — Oct

12.1

9.0

33.2

2008 — Nov

12.5

9.2

31.2

2008 — Dec

14.0

8.8

32.4

2009 — Jan

14.3

9.3

35.2

2009 — Feb

15.1

10.3

39.5

2009 — Mar

15.4

10.4

33.7

2009 — Apr

17.0

11.2

36.2

2009 — May

16.6

11.4

40.5

2009 — Jun

16.3

11.6

39.3

2009 — Jul

16.2

11.8

37.0

2009 — Aug

16.8

11.8

34.2

2009 — Sep

16.4

12.5

40.3

2009 — Oct

17.4

12.6

42.0

2009 — Nov

17.1

11.9

49.1

2009 — Dec

17.0

12.9

47.4

2010 — Jan

17.8

13.2

41.8

2010 — Feb

17.9

12.2

42.7

2010 — Mar

19.0

12.6

41.4

2010 — Apr

17.6

13.7

38.2

2010 — May

16.8

12.3

39.0

2010 — Jun

17.3

11.6

41.1

2010 — Jul

16.8

12.9

41.6

2010 — Aug

17.0

13.2

44.5

2010 — Sep

17.4

12.6

48.3

2010 — Oct

16.4

13.0

48.7

2010 — Nov

16.6

13.3

46.4

2010 — Dec

16.8

13.0

44.0

2011 — Jan

16.6

12.8

44.8

2011 — Feb

16.4

13.0

38.4

2011 — Mar

16.8

12.5

41.9

2011 — Apr

17.0

13.5

41.3

2011 — May

17.4

13.4

40.8

2011 — Jun

16.9

13.7

39.8

2011 — Jul

17.0

13.4

39.1

2011 — Aug

18.0

13.4

46.3

2011 — Sept

16.6

13.2

43.6

2011 — Oct

16.0

12.6

37.5

2011 — Nov

16.4

13.0

39.6

2011 — Dec

15.7

13.9

42.1

2012 — Jan

12.7

12.6

38.5




Chart 3: Unemployment Rate for Blacks and Whites aged 25 and older, by Educational Attainment, 2011 Annual Average

 

Black Unemployment Rate

White Unemployment Rate

Less than a High School diploma

24.6%

12.7%

High School graduates

15.5%

8.4%

Some college or Associate degree

13.1%

7.0%

Bachelor's degree or higher

7.1%

3.9%




Chart 4: Employment to Population ratio by sex for Whites and Blacks, aged 20 and older
(seasonally adjusted, monthly data, January 2007 — January 2012)

 

Black Men

Black Women

White Men

White Women

2007 — Jan

66.6

60.5

73.8

58.0

2007 — Feb

66.0

60.3

73.8

58.0

2007 — Mar

64.9

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

64.6

60.0

73.6

57.9

2007 — Jul

66.5

59.8

73.3

57.9

2007 — Aug

66.8

59.8

73.1

57.8

2007 — Sep

65.9

59.7

73.1

58.0

2007 — Oct

64.8

59.4

73.1

57.9

2007 — Nov

65.1

58.9

73.4

58.0

2007 — Dec

64.6

59.2

73.4

57.8

2008 — Jan

65.3

59.5

73.6

57.9

2008 — Feb

65.7

59.5

73.3

57.8

2008 — Mar

65.3

59.9

73.1

57.8

2008 — Apr

65.3

60.0

72.8

57.7

2008 — May

64.6

59.3

72.7

57.8

2008 — Jun

64.7

59.3

72.6

57.9

2008 — Jul

63.9

59.3

72.6

57.7

2008 — Aug

64.3

58.8

72.2

57.6

2008 — Sep

62.9

58.0

72.0

57.7

2008 — Oct

62.3

58.5

71.8

57.6

2008 — Nov

61.6

58.5

71.3

57.4

2008 — Dec

60.9

58.8

70.7

57.1

2009 — Jan

60.4

57.9

70.4

56.9

2009 — Feb

59.7

57.2

69.8

56.8

2009 — Mar

59.1

56.9

69.2

56.6

2009 — Apr

58.2

56.8

69.2

56.7

2009 — May

58.6

56.4

68.9

56.4

2009 — Jun

58.2

56.4

68.7

56.3

2009 — Jul

58.3

56.3

68.6

56.2

2009 — Aug

57.7

55.6

68.4

56.2

2009 — Sep

57.2

55.1

68.1

55.7

2009 — Oct

57.1

54.7

67.9

55.8

2009 — Nov

57.3

55.5

67.8

55.8

2009 — Dec

57.2

54.6

67.5

55.5

2010 — Jan

57.0

54.7

67.7

56.2

2010 — Feb

56.9

55.4

67.8

55.9

2010 — Mar

57.1

55.1

67.9

55.8

2010 — Apr

57.6

55.1

68.2

55.7

2010 — May

58.5

55.5

68.2

55.7

2010 — Jun

57.4

55.5

68.1

55.7

2010 — Jul

57.5

54.7

68.2

55.6

2010 — Aug

57.6

54.7

68.1

55.5

2010 — Sep

57.1

54.8

68.1

55.6

2010 — Oct

57.7

55.0

67.7

55.3

2010 — Nov

57.6

55.1

67.3

55.3

2010 — Dec

57.4

55.1

67.7

55.3

2011 — Jan

56.9

54.7

67.9

55.5

2011 — Feb

57.1

54.7

68.1

55.3

2011 — Mar

57.1

54.3

68.0

55.7

2011 — Apr

56.8

53.7

68.1

55.6

2011 — May

56.0

53.7

68.4

55.4

2011 — Jun

56.8

52.9

68.0

55.2

2011 — Jul

56.3

52.9

68.0

55.2

2011 — Aug

56.3

54.1

68.1

55.2

2011 — Sept

57.0

54.8

68.2

55.1

2011 — Oct

57.5

55.0

68.1

55.1

2011 — Nov

57.3

53.7

68.5

55.0

2011 — Dec

58.2

53.5

68.6

55.0

2012 — Jan

59.7

54.2

68.7

54.9




Chart 5: Black Unemployment by State — 2011 Annual Averages

State

Persons

Black Unemployment

Alabama

25,000 — 99,999 persons

16.4%

Alaska

0 — 4,999 persons

10.3%

Arizona

10,000 — 24,999 persons

15.2%

Arkansas

25,000 — 99,999 persons

17.7%

California

100,000 and more persons

19.6%

Colorado

10,000 — 24,999 persons

14.0%

Connecticut

25,000 — 99,999 persons

18.3%

Delaware

10,000 — 24,999 persons

11.6%

District of Columbia

25,000 — 99,999 persons

19.2%

Florida

100,000 and more persons

17.1%

Georgia

100,000 and more persons

15.8%

Hawaii

0 — 4,999 persons

18.6%

Idaho

N/A

N/A

Illinois

100,000 and more persons

19.4%

Indiana

25,000 — 99,999 persons

15.3%

Iowa

5,000 — 9,999 persons

15.7%

Kansas

10,000 — 24,999 persons

14.0%

Kentucky

10,000 — 24,999 persons

17.4%

Louisiana

25,000 — 99,999 persons

13.0%

Maine

0 — 4,999 persons

11.0%

Maryland

25,000 — 99,999 persons

10.3%

Massachusetts

10,000 — 24,999 persons

11.0%

Michigan

100,000 and more persons

20.1%

Minnesota

10,000 — 24,999 persons

20.7%

Mississippi

25,000 — 99,999 persons

17.9%

Missouri

25,000 — 99,999 persons

17.9%

Montana

N/A

N/A

Nebraska

5,000 — 9,999 persons

14.6%

Nevada

10,000 — 24,999 persons

22.1%

New Hampshire

0 — 4,999 persons

8.7%

New Jersey

25,000 — 99,999 persons

15.8%

New Mexico

5,000 — 9,999 persons

20.8%

New York

100,000 and more persons

13.8%

North Carolina

100,000 and more persons

19.0%

North Dakota

N/A

N/A

Ohio

100,000 and more persons

17.2%

Oklahoma

10,000 — 24,999 persons

11.8%

Oregon

5,000 — 9,999 persons

21.3%

Pennsylvania

25,000 — 99,999 persons

13.3%

Rhode Island

5,000 — 9,999 persons

17.6%

South Carolina

25,000 — 99,999 persons

16.8%

South Dakota

N/A

N/A

Tennessee

25,000 — 99,999 persons

14.9%

Texas

100,000 and more persons

13.4%

Utah

0 — 4,999 persons

2.5%

Vermont

0 — 4,999 persons

N/A

Virginia

25,000 — 99,999 persons

11.3%

Washington

10,000 — 24,999 persons

19.3%

West Virginia

5,000 — 9,999 persons

21.5%

Wisconsin

25,000 — 99,999 persons

25.0%

Wyoming

0 — 4,999 persons

20.1%