Duration of unemployment in February 2011
March 08, 2011
In February, 43.9 percent of unemployed persons had been jobless for 27 weeks or more. This group made up 43.8 percent of unemployed persons in January. In February 2010, 41.0 percent of the unemployed had been jobless for 27 weeks or longer.
The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was 6.0 million in February 2011.
The total number of unemployed persons (13.7 million) and the unemployment rate (8.9 percent) changed little in February.
Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (8.7 percent), adult women (8.0 percent), teenagers (23.9 percent), whites (8.0 percent), blacks (15.3 percent), and Hispanics (11.6 percent) showed little or no change in February.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Duration of unemployment in February 2011 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2011/ted_20110308.htm (visited October 19, 2018).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
- A Look at Contingent Workers
Examines people who do not expect their jobs to last or who report that their jobs are temporary.
Race, Economics, and Social Status
Examines Consumer Expenditure Survey data to explore social and economic factors by race and ethnicity.
African Americans in the U.S. Labor Force
A look at employment and unemployment trends of African Americans from 1972 to 2016 and projected to 2026.
Industry on Tap: Breweries
A look at employment, wages, and job safety in breweries and producer prices for beer.