Unemployment rate declines to 9.0 percent in January 2011
February 09, 2011
In January, the unemployment rate (9.0 percent) declined by 0.4 percentage point for the second month in a row. The number of unemployed persons decreased by about 600,000, to 13.9 million.
Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (8.8 percent), whites (8.0 percent), and Hispanics (11.9 percent) declined in January.
The unemployment rates for adult women (7.9 percent), teenagers (25.7 percent), and blacks (15.7 percent) were little changed.
The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) edged down to 6.2 million and accounted for 43.8 percent of the unemployed.
These data are from the Current Population Survey and are seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — January 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-0129.
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