Unemployment rate unchanged in December
January 14, 2003
The unemployment rate remained at 6.0 percent in December, and the number of unemployed persons was essentially flat, at 8.6 million. Both measures had increased in November.
The unemployment rate for adult women rose in December to 5.3 percent. The jobless rates for other major worker groups—adult men (5.6 percent), teenagers (16.1 percent), whites (5.1 percent), blacks (11.5 percent), and Hispanics (7.9 percent)—were little changed over the month.
These data are from the Current Population Survey. Data in this article are seasonally adjusted. For more information, see "The Employment Situation: December 2002" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 03-05.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Unemployment rate unchanged in December on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2003/jan/wk2/art02.htm (visited July 23, 2014).
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