Unemployment rate 6 percent in October
November 12, 2003
The unemployment rate, at 6.0 percent, was essentially unchanged in October, as was the number of unemployed persons, 8.8 million.
Unemployment rates for major worker groups—adult men (5.6 percent), adult women (5.2 percent), teenagers (17.1 percent), whites (5.1 percent), blacks (11.5 percent), and Hispanics or Latinos (7.2 percent)—also were little changed.
Two million unemployed persons had been looking for work for 27 weeks or longer, about the same level as in September. They represented 23.0 percent of the total unemployed.
These data are from the Current Population Survey. Numbers in this article are seasonally adjusted. For more information, check out The Employment Situation: October 2003 (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 03-675.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rate 6 percent in October on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2003/nov/wk2/art02.htm (visited October 30, 2020).
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