Bureau of Labor Statistics

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.

Unemployment rates by demographic group, February 2008 and February 2009
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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 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/mar/wk2/art02.htm (visited January 23, 2022).


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