Unemployment by sex and age, December 2012

January 08, 2013

The number of unemployed persons, at 12.2 million, was little changed in December. The unemployment rate held at 7.8 percent and has been at or near that level since September.

Number of unemployed and unemployment rate, by sex and age, January 2007-December 2012, seasonally adjusted
MonthNumber of unemployed, adult men (left axis)Number of unemployed, adult women (left axis)Number of unemployed, age 16 to 19 (left axis)

Jan 2007

3,318,0002,727,0001,071,000

Feb 2007

3,282,0002,579,0001,065,000

Mar 2007

3,124,0002,554,0001,054,000

Apr 2007

3,156,0002,585,0001,108,000

May 2007

3,115,0002,556,0001,095,000

Jun 2007

3,178,0002,640,0001,161,000

Jul 2007

3,275,0002,813,0001,061,000

Aug 2007

3,210,0002,793,0001,065,000

Sep 2007

3,284,0002,770,0001,116,000

Oct 2007

3,356,0002,800,0001,081,000

Nov 2007

3,282,0002,814,0001,144,000

Dec 2007

3,501,0002,964,0001,180,000

Jan 2008

3,538,0002,901,0001,245,000

Feb 2008

3,491,0002,871,0001,135,000

Mar 2008

3,671,0003,056,0001,094,000

Apr 2008

3,647,0002,886,0001,105,000

May 2008

3,859,0003,171,0001,365,000

Jun 2008

4,021,0003,224,0001,331,000

Jul 2008

4,284,0003,223,0001,430,000

Aug 2008

4,482,0003,692,0001,264,000

Sep 2008

4,796,0003,390,0001,308,000

Oct 2008

5,013,0003,704,0001,358,000

Nov 2008

5,280,0003,918,0001,340,000

Dec 2008

5,831,0004,099,0001,355,000

Jan 2009

6,278,0004,436,0001,365,000

Feb 2009

6,737,0004,668,0001,476,000

Mar 2009

7,098,0004,882,0001,441,000

Apr 2009

7,471,0004,918,0001,437,000

May 2009

7,790,0005,165,0001,537,000

Jun 2009

7,819,0005,264,0001,623,000

Jul 2009

7,726,0005,315,0001,567,000

Aug 2009

7,906,0005,327,0001,585,000

Sep 2009

7,968,0005,415,0001,622,000

Oct 2009

8,225,0005,504,0001,654,000

Nov 2009

8,108,0005,472,0001,642,000

Dec 2009

7,958,0005,522,0001,615,000

Jan 2010

8,019,0005,439,0001,559,000

Feb 2010

8,045,0005,502,0001,531,000

Mar 2010

8,025,0005,572,0001,595,000

Apr 2010

8,044,0005,690,0001,547,000

May 2010

7,689,0005,563,0001,604,000

Jun 2010

7,669,0005,316,0001,490,000

Jul 2010

7,573,0005,457,0001,512,000

Aug 2010

7,653,0005,499,0001,521,000

Sep 2010

7,594,0005,499,0001,484,000

Oct 2010

7,413,0005,566,0001,605,000

Nov 2010

7,814,0005,843,0001,436,000

Dec 2010

7,403,0005,507,0001,444,000

Jan 2011

7,073,0005,433,0001,486,000

Feb 2011

6,989,0005,450,0001,359,000

Mar 2011

6,936,0005,372,0001,408,000

Apr 2011

7,022,0005,452,0001,399,000

May 2011

7,021,0005,502,0001,349,000

Jun 2011

7,079,0005,476,0001,408,000

Jul 2011

6,978,0005,434,0001,404,000

Aug 2011

6,923,0005,452,0001,462,000

Sep 2011

6,864,0005,628,0001,417,000

Oct 2011

6,861,0005,442,0001,392,000

Nov 2011

6,567,0005,378,0001,380,000

Dec 2011

6,370,0005,369,0001,310,000

Jan 2012

6,065,0005,341,0001,342,000

Feb 2012

6,123,0005,318,0001,365,000

Mar 2012

6,075,0005,158,0001,453,000

Apr 2012

5,958,0005,126,0001,434,000

May 2012

6,143,0005,124,0001,428,000

Jun 2012

6,133,0005,161,0001,406,000

Jul 2012

6,089,0005,236,0001,420,000

Aug 2012

5,988,0005,083,0001,412,000

Sep 2012

5,825,0004,879,0001,378,000

Oct 2012

5,834,0005,027,0001,387,000

Nov 2012

5,747,0004,918,0001,376,000

Dec 2012

5,746,0005,105,0001,355,000
Number of unemployed and unemployment rate, by sex and age, January 2007–December 2012, seasonally adjusted
MonthTotalAdult men, 20 years and overAdult women, 20 years and overBoth sexes, 16 to 19 years
Number unemployedUnemployment rateNumber of unemployedUnemployment rateNumber of unemployedUnemployment rateNumber of unemployedUnemployment rate

Jan 2007

7,116,0004.63,318,0004.22,727,0004.01,071,00014.8

Feb 2007

6,927,0004.53,282,0004.22,579,0003.81,065,00014.9

Mar 2007

6,731,0004.43,124,0004.02,554,0003.81,054,00014.9

Apr 2007

6,850,0004.53,156,0004.02,585,0003.91,108,00015.9

May 2007

6,766,0004.43,115,0004.02,556,0003.81,095,00015.9

Jun 2007

6,979,0004.63,178,0004.02,640,0003.91,161,00016.3

Jul 2007

7,149,0004.73,275,0004.22,813,0004.21,061,00015.3

Aug 2007

7,067,0004.63,210,0004.12,793,0004.11,065,00015.9

Sep 2007

7,170,0004.73,284,0004.22,770,0004.11,116,00015.9

Oct 2007

7,237,0004.73,356,0004.32,800,0004.11,081,00015.4

Nov 2007

7,240,0004.73,282,0004.22,814,0004.21,144,00016.2

Dec 2007

7,645,0005.03,501,0004.42,964,0004.41,180,00016.8

Jan 2008

7,685,0005.03,538,0004.52,901,0004.31,245,00017.8

Feb 2008

7,497,0004.93,491,0004.42,871,0004.21,135,00016.6

Mar 2008

7,822,0005.13,671,0004.63,056,0004.51,094,00016.1

Apr 2008

7,637,0005.03,647,0004.62,886,0004.21,105,00015.9

May 2008

8,395,0005.43,859,0004.93,171,0004.61,365,00019.0

Jun 2008

8,575,0005.64,021,0005.13,224,0004.71,331,00019.2

Jul 2008

8,937,0005.84,284,0005.43,223,0004.71,430,00020.7

Aug 2008

9,438,0006.14,482,0005.73,692,0005.41,264,00018.6

Sep 2008

9,494,0006.14,796,0006.13,390,0005.01,308,00019.1

Oct 2008

10,074,0006.55,013,0006.33,704,0005.41,358,00020.0

Nov 2008

10,538,0006.85,280,0006.73,918,0005.71,340,00020.3

Dec 2008

11,286,0007.35,831,0007.44,099,0005.91,355,00020.5

Jan 2009

12,079,0007.86,278,0007.94,436,0006.51,365,00020.7

Feb 2009

12,881,0008.36,737,0008.54,668,0006.81,476,00022.2

Mar 2009

13,421,0008.77,098,0009.04,882,0007.11,441,00022.2

Apr 2009

13,826,0009.07,471,0009.44,918,0007.11,437,00022.2

May 2009

14,492,0009.47,790,0009.85,165,0007.51,537,00023.4

Jun 2009

14,705,0009.57,819,0009.95,264,0007.61,623,00024.7

Jul 2009

14,607,0009.57,726,0009.85,315,0007.71,567,00024.3

Aug 2009

14,819,0009.67,906,00010.05,327,0007.71,585,00025.0

Sep 2009

15,005,0009.87,968,00010.15,415,0007.91,622,00025.9

Oct 2009

15,382,00010.08,225,00010.45,504,0008.01,654,00027.1

Nov 2009

15,223,0009.98,108,00010.35,472,0007.91,642,00026.9

Dec 2009

15,095,0009.97,958,00010.15,522,0008.01,615,00026.6

Jan 2010

15,016,0009.88,019,00010.25,439,0007.91,559,00026.0

Feb 2010

15,078,0009.88,045,00010.25,502,0008.01,531,00025.4

Mar 2010

15,192,0009.98,025,00010.25,572,0008.11,595,00026.2

Apr 2010

15,281,0009.98,044,00010.15,690,0008.21,547,00025.5

May 2010

14,856,0009.67,689,0009.75,563,0008.11,604,00026.6

Jun 2010

14,475,0009.47,669,0009.75,316,0007.71,490,00026.0

Jul 2010

14,542,0009.57,573,0009.65,457,0007.91,512,00026.0

Aug 2010

14,673,0009.57,653,0009.75,499,0008.01,521,00025.7

Sep 2010

14,577,0009.57,594,0009.65,499,0008.01,484,00025.8

Oct 2010

14,584,0009.57,413,0009.45,566,0008.11,605,00027.2

Nov 2010

15,094,0009.87,814,0009.95,843,0008.41,436,00024.6

Dec 2010

14,354,0009.37,403,0009.45,507,0008.01,444,00025.1

Jan 2011

13,992,0009.17,073,0009.05,433,0007.91,486,00025.5

Feb 2011

13,798,0009.06,989,0008.95,450,0007.91,359,00024.0

Mar 2011

13,716,0008.96,936,0008.85,372,0007.81,408,00024.4

Apr 2011

13,872,0009.07,022,0008.95,452,0007.91,399,00024.7

May 2011

13,871,0009.07,021,0008.95,502,0008.01,349,00024.0

Jun 2011

13,964,0009.17,079,0009.05,476,0008.01,408,00024.7

Jul 2011

13,817,0009.06,978,0008.85,434,0007.91,404,00024.9

Aug 2011

13,837,0009.06,923,0008.85,452,0007.91,462,00025.2

Sep 2011

13,910,0009.06,864,0008.75,628,0008.21,417,00024.4

Oct 2011

13,696,0008.96,861,0008.75,442,0007.91,392,00024.1

Nov 2011

13,325,0008.66,567,0008.35,378,0007.81,380,00023.9

Dec 2011

13,049,0008.56,370,0008.05,369,0007.81,310,00022.9

Jan 2012

12,748,0008.36,065,0007.75,341,0007.71,342,00023.4

Feb 2012

12,806,0008.36,123,0007.75,318,0007.61,365,00023.7

Mar 2012

12,686,0008.26,075,0007.75,158,0007.41,453,00025.0

Apr 2012

12,518,0008.15,958,0007.55,126,0007.41,434,00024.9

May 2012

12,695,0008.26,143,0007.75,124,0007.31,428,00024.4

Jun 2012

12,701,0008.26,133,0007.75,161,0007.41,406,00023.7

Jul 2012

12,745,0008.26,089,0007.75,236,0007.51,420,00023.9

Aug 2012

12,483,0008.15,988,0007.65,083,0007.31,412,00024.5

Sep 2012

12,082,0007.85,825,0007.34,879,0007.01,378,00023.7

Oct 2012

12,248,0007.95,834,0007.35,027,0007.21,387,00023.7

Nov 2012

12,042,0007.85,747,0007.24,918,0007.01,376,00023.6

Dec 2012

12,206,0007.85,746,0007.25,105,0007.31,355,00023.5

 

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for adult women (7.3 percent) edged up in December, while the rates for adult men (7.2 percent), and teenagers (23.5 percent) showed little or no change. 

These data are from the Current Population Survey and are seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — December 2012," (HTML) (PDF) news release USDL-13-0001. 

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment by sex and age, December 2012 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130108.htm (visited October 25, 2014).

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