Bureau of Labor Statistics

Unemployment in February

March 14, 2006

Both the number of unemployed persons, 7.2 million, and the unemployment rate, 4.8 percent, were little changed in February 2006.

Unemployment rate, February 2005-February 2006
[Chart data—TXT]

A year earlier, the number of unemployed was 8.0 million, and the jobless rate was 5.4 percent.

Following a decline in January, the unemployment rate for adult men edged up to 4.2 percent in February. The jobless rate for the other major worker groups—adult women (4.3 percent), teenagers (15.4 percent), whites (4.1 percent), blacks (9.3 percent), and Hispanics (5.5 percent)—showed little or no change over the month.

These data are from the Current Population Survey and are seasonally adjusted. For more information, see "The Employment Situation: February 2006" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 06-396.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment in February at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/mar/wk2/art02.htm (visited November 30, 2021).


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