Unemployment in February 2005
March 08, 2005
In February, both the number of unemployed persons, 8.0 million, and the unemployment rate, 5.4 percent, returned to their December levels after dipping in January.
The jobless rate had been either 5.4 or 5.5 percent during each of the last 6 months of 2004.
The unemployment rates for the major worker groups—adult men (4.9 percent), adult women (4.7 percent), teenagers (17.5 percent), whites (4.6 percent), blacks (10.9 percent), and Hispanics or Latinos (6.4 percent)—showed little change between January and February.
The number of long-term unemployed—those unemployed for 27 weeks and over—remained at 1.6 million in February. This group accounted for 1 in 5 unemployed persons.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment in February 2005 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2005/mar/wk1/art02.htm (visited May 31, 2016).
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