February 06, 2006
The number of unemployed persons fell to 7.0 million in January 2006, and the unemployment rate decreased to 4.7 percent, seasonally adjusted.
The unemployment rate had ranged from 4.9 to 5.1 percent during most of 2005.
The jobless rate for adult men declined to 4.0 percent in January. For other major worker groups—adult women (4.3 percent), teenagers (15.3 percent), whites (4.1 percent), blacks (8.9 percent), and Hispanics (5.8 percent)—unemployment rates were essentially unchanged.