February 27, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Work experience during 2010

Percentage of the population who worked during the year, by sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, 2009 and 2010
Demographic category 2009 2010

Total

64.9% 63.7%

Total men

70.6 69.3

Total women

59.6 58.5

White

65.8 64.7

White men

72.1 70.7

White women

59.8 58.8

Black or African American

58.8 58.2

Black or African American men

59.3 58.8

Black or African American women

58.3 57.6

Asian

65.2 64.1

Asian men

73.6 71.6

Asian women

57.7 57.4

Hispanic or Latino

65.0 63.5

Hispanic or Latino men

74.0 71.9

Hispanic or Latino women

55.5 54.5

These data featured in the TED article, Work experience during 2010.