Unemployment rate decreased to 4.2 percent in September 2017
October 12, 2017
The unemployment rate decreased to 4.2 percent in September 2017, a decline of 0.7 percentage point from September 2016, when the rate was 4.9 percent.
|Characteristic||September 2016||September 2017|
Total, 16 years and older
16 to 19 years
Men, 20 years and older
Women, 20 years and older
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (3.9 percent), adult women (3.9 percent), teenagers (12.9 percent), Whites (3.7 percent), Blacks (7.0 percent), and Hispanics (5.1 percent) declined in September 2017, down from a year earlier. The rate for Asians (3.7 percent) showed little change from a year ago (3.9 percent).
These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see “The Employment Situation — September 2017” (HTML) (PDF). People of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity may be of any race. More charts featuring Current Population Survey data are presented in Charts related to the latest “The Employment Situation” news release.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rate decreased to 4.2 percent in September 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/unemployment-rate-decreased-to-4-point-2-percent-in-september-2017.htm (visited January 20, 2020).
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