Unemployment rate 7.9 percent in January
February 05, 2013
In January 2013, the unemployment rate was 7.9 percent and has been at or near that level since September 2012; in January 2012, the unemployment rate was 8.3 percent.
|Demographic group||January 2012||January 2013|
Total, 16 years and over
Adult men (20 years and over)
Adult women (20 years and over)
Teenagers (16 to 19 years)
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino ethnicity
NOTE: Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.
Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men and adult women were both 7.3 percent in January 2013; a year earlier they were both 7.7 percent.
The unemployment rate for teenagers in January 2013 (23.4 percent) was unchanged from a year earlier.
The unemployment rate for whites (7.0 percent) and Hispanics (9.7 percent) in January 2013 were somewhat lower than a year earlier, while the unemployment rate for blacks (13.8 percent) was little changed from the previous year.
These data are from the Current Population Survey and are seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — January 2013," (HTML) (PDF) news release USDL-13-0144. Note that persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rate 7.9 percent in January on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130205.htm (visited June 28, 2017).
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