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Archive for August 24th, 2010

Labor Force Characteristics by Race and Ethnicity, 2009

Posted by neocaablogger on August 24, 2010

The U.S. job market continued to deteriorate in 2009, and all major race and ethnicity groups continued to experience labor market difficulties. For the second year in a row, employment fell more sharply for Blacks and Hispanics than for Whites and Asians. Unemployment rates remained especially high for Blacks and Hispanics in 2009, reaching 14.8 percent for Blacks and 12.1 percent for Hispanics. These figures were much higher than the unemployment rates for Whites and Asians, at 8.5 percent and 7.3 percent, respectively.


In general, the labor market problems experienced by Blacks and Hispanics are associated with many factors, not all of which are measurable. Some of these factors include a tendency to be employed in occupations with high levels of unemployment, lower average levels of schooling, greater concentration in the central cities of urban areas where job opportunities may be relatively limited, and the likelihood of discrimination in the workplace. These factors and others may help explain the acute labor market difficulties Blacks and Hispanics encounter, especially during economic downturns.


This report describes the labor force characteristics and earnings patterns among the major race and ethnicity groups and provides detailed data through a set of supporting tables. These data are obtained from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly survey of 60,000 households that is a rich source of information on the labor force.  

Labor Force Characteristics by Race and Ethnicity, 2009 (PDF)  Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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