Unemployment rate 3.2 percent for those 55 years of age and older

January 12, 2016

In December 2015, the unemployment rate was 5.0 percent for the third month in a row. The rate by age ranged from 3.2 percent for those age 55 and over to 16.1 percent for teenagers (16 to 19 years).

Unemployment rate and number of unemployed persons, by sex and age, December 2015
Characteristic Unemployment rate Number of unemployed persons

Total

5.0 7,904,000

16 to 19 years

16.1 938,000

20 to 24 years

9.4 1,460,000

25 to 34 years

5.3 1,853,000

35 to 44 years

4.0 1,320,000

45 to 54 years

3.6 1,226,000

55 years and over

3.2 1,132,000

Men

5.2 4,330,000

16 to 19 years

17.7 522,000

20 to 24 years

10.3 824,000

25 to 34 years

5.6 1,050,000

35 to 44 years

3.9 678,000

45 to 54 years

3.5 616,000

55 years and over

3.5 650,000

Women

4.8 3,574,000

16 to 19 years

14.4 416,000

20 to 24 years

8.5 636,000

25 to 34 years

5.0 803,000

35 to 44 years

4.2 642,000

45 to 54 years

3.8 610,000

55 years and over

3.1 520,000

Note: Component data will not necessarily sum to totals because of the independent seasonal adjustment of the various series.

Overall, men's unemployment rates were higher than women's. The largest differences between men's and women's unemployment rates were among 16- to 19-year-olds and 20- to 24-year-olds.

There were 4.3 million jobless men seeking employment in December 2015, compared with 3.6 million women. There were 1.1 million unemployed men age 25 to 34, compared with 800,000 women.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — December 2015" (HTML) (PDF). For more charts featuring Current Population Survey data, see Charts related to the latest "The Employment Situation" news release.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rate 3.2 percent for those 55 years of age and older on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/unemployment-rate-3-point-2-percent-for-those-55-years-of-age-and-older.htm (visited October 17, 2017).

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