Labor Force Characteristics by Race and Ethnicity, 2008

Table 11. Unemployed persons by duration of unemployment, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, 2008 annual averages
Duration of unemployment Total White Black or
African
American
Asian Hispanic or
Latino
ethnicity

 

         

Total, 16 years and over (In thousands)

8,924 6,509 1,788 285 1,678

Percent

100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

 

         

Less than 5 weeks

32.8 35.0 25.3 30.6 36.8

5 to 14 weeks

31.4 31.4 31.3 31.2 31.2

15 to 26 weeks

16.0 15.5 17.7 16.3 14.7

27 weeks and over

19.7 18.0 25.7 21.9 17.3

 

         

Average (mean) duration, in weeks

17.9 16.7 21.7 20.4 16.0

Median duration, in weeks

9.4 8.8 12.1 10.2 8.4

 

         

Men, 16 years and over (In thousands)

5,033 3,727 949 160 1,007

Percent

100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

 

         

Less than 5 weeks

33.3 35.4 25.8 28.6 38.4

5 to 14 weeks

30.5 30.6 29.8 31.4 30.3

15 to 26 weeks

16.1 15.8 17.5 16.9 14.7

27 weeks and over

20.1 18.2 26.9 23.1 16.6

 

         

Average (mean) duration, in weeks

18.0 16.8 22.2 20.9 15.3

Median duration, in weeks

9.5 8.8 12.4 10.8 8.1

 

         

Women, 16 years and over (In thousands)

3,891 2,782 839 125 672

Percent

100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

 

         

Less than 5 weeks

32.3 34.5 24.7 33.2 34.3

5 to 14 weeks

32.6 32.5 33.0 31.0 32.7

15 to 26 weeks

15.8 15.2 17.9 15.5 14.6

27 weeks and over

19.3 17.8 24.4 20.2 18.4

 

         

Average (mean) duration, in weeks

17.7 16.6 21.1 19.7 16.9

Median duration, in weeks

9.3 8.7 11.7 9.5 8.7

NOTE: Estimates for the above race groups (white, black or African American, and Asian) do not sum to totals because data are not presented for all races. Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.

 

SOURCE: Current Population Survey, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Last Modified Date: December 4, 2009