October 05, 2011
Unemployment rates among the major race and ethnicity groups remained high in 2010 as the U.S. economy continued to slowly recover from the 2007–2009 recession.
The jobless rates for Blacks (16.0 percent), Hispanics (12.5 percent), Whites (8.7 percent), and Asians (7.5 percent) were much higher than their prerecession levels.
Unemployment rates continued to be higher for Blacks and Hispanics for both men and women. In 2010, the rates for Black men and women were 18.4 and 13.8 percent, respectively. The jobless rate for Hispanic men was 12.7 percent, and the rate for Hispanic women was 12.3 percent. In comparison, the unemployment rate for White men was 9.6 percent, and the rate for White women was 7.7 percent. The unemployment rates for Asian men and women were 7.8 and 7.1 percent, respectively.
These data are from the Current Population Survey program. To learn more, see "Labor Force Characteristics by Race and Ethnicity, 2010" (PDF) Report 1032, August 2011.