10/02/2009

Bureau of Labor Statistics discusses the new unemployment numbers

The BLS press release starts off this way.

Since the start of the recession in December 2007, the number of unemployed persons has increased by 7.6 million to 15.1 million, and the unemployment rate has doubled to 9.8 percent. (See table A-1.)

Unemployment rates for the major worker groups--adult men (10.3 percent), adult women (7.8 percent), teenagers (25.9 percent), whites (9.0 percent), blacks (15.4 percent), and Hispanics (12.7 percent)--showed little change in September. The unemployment rate for Asians was 7.4 percent, not seasonally adjusted. The rates for all major worker groups are much higher than at the start of the recession. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.) . . . .


The data for this year can be seen here.

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Blogger Chas said...

Markie Marxist sez: "15.1 million unemployed? No problem. No howling from my commie compadres in the national media. We leftists are in charge, so everything is okay, and everything will continue to be okay. Regardless! Obama's doing a wonderful job, isn't he?"

10/03/2009 10:18 AM  

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