Unemployment in August 2010
September 14, 2010
In August, 42.0 percent of unemployed persons had been jobless for 27 weeks or more. Persons who had been unemployed for 27 weeks or more made up 44.9 percent of the unemployed in July and 45.5 percent in June.
The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) declined by 323,000 over the month of August to 6.2 million.
The number of unemployed persons (14.9 million) and the unemployment rate (9.6 percent) were little changed in August. From May through August, the jobless rate remained in the range of 9.5 to 9.7 percent.
Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for adult men (9.8 percent), adult women (8.0 percent), teenagers (26.3 percent), whites (8.7 percent), blacks (16.3 percent), and Hispanics (12.0 percent) showed little change in August.
These earnings data are from the Current Population Survey program and are seasonally adjusted. For more information, see "The Employment Situation — August 2010," (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-10-1212.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment in August 2010 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2010/ted_20100914.htm (visited January 21, 2020).
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