Unemployment and demographics in February 2009
March 10, 2009
The unemployment rate rose to 8.1 percent in February 2009. Over the past 12 months, the unemployment rate has risen by 3.3 percentage points.
The unemployment rate continued to trend upward in February for various demographic groups: adult men (8.1 percent), adult women (6.7 percent), whites (7.3 percent), blacks (13.4 percent), and Hispanics (10.9 percent). The jobless rate for teenagers was little changed from January at 21.6 percent.
These data are from the BLS Current Population Survey program, and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent two months are preliminary. More information can be found in "The Employment Situation: February 2009" (PDF) (HTML), news release USDL 09-0224.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment and demographics in February 2009 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/mar/wk2/art02.htm (visited October 30, 2020).
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