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Both the number of unemployed persons, 7.6 million, and the unemployment rate, 5.1 percent, were essentially unchanged in May.
The jobless rate was down from 5.6 percent a year earlier.
Over the month, the unemployment rates for adult men (4.4 percent), adult women (4.6 percent), teenagers (17.9 percent), whites (4.4 percent), blacks (10.1 percent), and Hispanics or Latinos (6.0 percent) showed little of no change.
The number of long-term unemployed—those unemployed 27 weeks and over—was little changed over the month. This group continued to account for about 1 in 5 unemployed persons.
These data are from the Current Population Survey and are seasonally adjusted. For more information, see "The Employment Situation: May 2005" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 05-965.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rate in May 2005 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2005/jun/wk1/art02.htm (visited April 02, 2023).