Labor Force Characteristics by Race and Ethnicity, 2008

Table 12. Unemployed persons by reason for unemployment, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, 2008 annual averages
Reason for 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

 

         

Job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs

53.7 54.9 50.6 48.9 55.8

On temporary layoff

13.2 14.9 7.9 6.6 15.3

Not on temporary layoff

40.5 40.1 42.7 42.3 40.5

Permanent job losers

29.9 29.9 30.1 33.7 26.2

Persons who completed temporary jobs

10.6 10.1 12.6 8.6 14.3

Job leavers

10.0 10.4 8.2 11.7 8.6

Reentrants

27.7 26.7 31.2 27.9 25.8

New entrants

8.6 8.0 9.9 11.4 9.8

 

         

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

 

         

Job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs

60.7 62.5 55.1 57.5 65.2

On temporary layoff

15.9 18.0 9.2 6.9 18.7

Not on temporary layoff

44.8 44.5 45.9 51.2 46.6

Permanent job losers

32.3 32.2 32.1 42.5 29.0

Persons who completed temporary jobs

12.5 12.4 13.9 8.8 17.6

Job leavers

9.1 9.3 7.8 11.3 8.0

Reentrants

22.4 21.2 26.8 20.6 19.3

New entrants

7.8 6.9 10.3 10.6 7.4

 

         

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

 

         

Job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs

44.6 44.8 45.4 37.6 41.7

On temporary layoff

9.7 10.7 6.6 6.4 10.3

Not on temporary layoff

34.9 34.0 39.0 31.2 31.4

Permanent job losers

26.8 26.9 27.8 22.4 22.0

Persons who completed temporary jobs

8.1 7.2 11.2 8.0 9.4

Job leavers

11.3 11.8 8.8 12.0 9.4

Reentrants

34.6 34.0 36.4 37.6 35.7

New entrants

9.6 9.4 9.4 12.8 13.2

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