Unemployment rate little changed at 7.3 percent in August 2013

September 10, 2013

The unemployment rate, at 7.3 percent in August, changed little from the prior month. The jobless rate is down from 8.1 percent in August 2012.

Unemployment rates by sex, age, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, seasonally adjusted, August 2012 and August 2013
CharacteristicAugust 2012August 2013

Total, 16 years and over

8.17.3

  Adult men (20 years and over)

7.67.1

  Adult women (20 years and over)

7.36.3

  Teenagers (16 to 19 years)

24.522.7

  Whites

7.26.4

  Blacks or African Americans

14.013.0

  Asians(1)

5.95.1

  Hispanics or Latinos

10.29.3
Footnotes:

 

(1) Data for Asians are not available on a seasonally adjusted basis.

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (7.1 percent), adult women (6.3 percent), teenagers (22.7 percent), Whites (6.4 percent), Blacks or African Americans (13.0 percent), and Hispanics or Latinos (9.3 percent) showed little change in August. The jobless rate for Asians was 5.1 percent (not seasonally adjusted), little changed from a year earlier.

The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) declined by 334,000 to 7.9 million in August. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job. The number of involuntary part-time workers in August was little different from a year earlier.

Persons at work part time for economic and noneconomic reasons, seasonally adjusted, January 2006–August 2013
MonthPart time for noneconomic reasonsPart time for economic reasons

January 2006

19,671,0004,123,000

February 2006

19,597,0004,174,000

March 2006

19,336,0003,972,000

April 2006

19,415,0003,900,000

May 2006

19,913,0004,111,000

June 2006

19,520,0004,318,000

July 2006

19,386,0004,303,000

August 2006

19,521,0004,195,000

September 2006

19,551,0004,115,000

October 2006

19,592,0004,352,000

November 2006

19,863,0004,190,000

December 2006

19,953,0004,187,000

January 2007

19,791,0004,279,000

February 2007

20,029,0004,220,000

March 2007

20,134,0004,253,000

April 2007

19,809,0004,313,000

May 2007

19,779,0004,473,000

June 2007

20,044,0004,342,000

July 2007

19,842,0004,410,000

August 2007

19,657,0004,576,000

September 2007

19,737,0004,521,000

October 2007

19,385,0004,325,000

November 2007

19,578,0004,494,000

December 2007

19,547,0004,618,000

January 2008

19,567,0004,846,000

February 2008

19,377,0004,902,000

March 2008

19,417,0004,904,000

April 2008

19,710,0005,220,000

May 2008

19,474,0005,286,000

June 2008

19,542,0005,540,000

July 2008

19,200,0005,930,000

August 2008

19,610,0005,851,000

September 2008

19,271,0006,148,000

October 2008

19,043,0006,690,000

November 2008

18,928,0007,311,000

December 2008

18,991,0008,029,000

January 2009

18,802,0008,042,000

February 2009

18,859,0008,788,000

March 2009

18,778,0009,076,000

April 2009

19,052,0008,904,000

May 2009

18,889,0009,103,000

June 2009

18,814,0009,051,000

July 2009

18,923,0008,941,000

August 2009

18,696,0009,030,000

September 2009

18,597,0008,869,000

October 2009

18,654,0009,005,000

November 2009

18,325,0009,103,000

December 2009

18,431,0009,092,000

January 2010

18,534,0008,493,000

February 2010

18,289,0008,897,000

March 2010

18,279,0009,122,000

April 2010

17,998,0009,171,000

May 2010

17,852,0008,816,000

June 2010

17,926,0008,646,000

July 2010

18,234,0008,610,000

August 2010

18,630,0008,826,000

September 2010

18,303,0009,226,000

October 2010

18,218,0008,913,000

November 2010

18,453,0008,862,000

December 2010

18,284,0008,933,000

January 2011

17,796,0008,432,000

February 2011

18,219,0008,398,000

March 2011

18,436,0008,525,000

April 2011

18,300,0008,649,000

May 2011

18,374,0008,562,000

June 2011

18,497,0008,536,000

July 2011

18,274,0008,416,000

August 2011

18,211,0008,816,000

September 2011

18,395,0009,101,000

October 2011

18,409,0008,726,000

November 2011

18,544,0008,436,000

December 2011

18,489,0008,168,000

January 2012

18,700,0008,220,000

February 2012

18,868,0008,127,000

March 2012

18,530,0007,664,000

April 2012

18,868,0007,896,000

May 2012

19,356,0008,116,000

June 2012

18,825,0008,210,000

July 2012

18,846,0008,245,000

August 2012

18,954,0008,043,000

September 2012

18,728,0008,607,000

October 2012

18,896,0008,286,000

November 2012

18,594,0008,138,000

December 2012

18,763,0007,918,000

January 2013

18,464,0007,973,000

February 2013

18,908,0007,988,000

March 2013

18,745,0007,638,000

April 2013

18,908,0007,916,000

May 2013

18,934,0007,904,000

June 2013

19,044,0008,226,000

July 2013

19,128,0008,245,000

August 2013

19,339,0007,911,000

The number of persons employed part time for noneconomic reasons was 19.3 million in August, little different from the prior month or a year earlier.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "The Employment Situation — August 2013" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑13‑1803. Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Unemployment rate little changed at 7.3 percent in August 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130910.htm (visited September 21, 2014).

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