June 07, 2005
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.