Unemployment rate 7.9 percent in January

February 05, 2013

In January 2013, the unemployment rate was 7.9 percent and has been at or near that level since September 2012; in January 2012, the unemployment rate was 8.3 percent. 

Unemployment rates by selected demographic group, January 2012 and January 2013
Demographic groupJanuary 2012January 2013

Total, 16 years and over


Adult men (20 years and over)


Adult women (20 years and over)


Teenagers (16 to 19 years)




Black or African American


Hispanic or Latino ethnicity


NOTE: Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.


Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men and adult women were both 7.3 percent in January 2013; a year earlier they were both 7.7 percent. 

The unemployment rate for teenagers in January 2013 (23.4 percent) was unchanged from a year earlier.

The unemployment rate for whites (7.0 percent) and Hispanics (9.7 percent) in January 2013 were somewhat lower than a year earlier, while the unemployment rate for blacks (13.8 percent) was little changed from the previous year.   

These data are from the Current Population Survey and are seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — January 2013," (HTML) (PDF) news release USDL-13-0144.  Note that persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rate 7.9 percent in January on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130205.htm (visited September 25, 2016).


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