Unemployment rates in August

September 09, 2002

Both the unemployment rate, 5.7 percent, and the number of unemployed persons, 8.1 million, were little changed in August.

Unemployment rates, August 2002 (seasonally adjusted)
[Chart data—TXT]

Jobless rates for the major worker groups—adult men (5.2 percent), adult women (4.9 percent), teenagers (17.2 percent), whites (5.1 percent), blacks (9.6 percent), and Hispanics (7.5 percent)—showed little or no change from the previous month.

The number of persons unemployed for 15 weeks or more was 2.8 million in August, down from the recent high of 3.1 million in June.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. Data in this article are seasonally adjusted. Find out more in "The Employment Situation: August 2002," (PDF) (TXT) news release USDL 02-509.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rates in August on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2002/sept/wk2/art01.htm (visited October 01, 2016).


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