Employment

Unemployment Rate for April 2012 – African Americans Dramatic 12 Month Decrease

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, African Americans had the largest decrease in unemployment rate from April 2011 to April 2012. African Americans’ unemployment rate decreased dramatically with a drop of 3.2% (see Table 1). Unfortunately, the rate remains the highest of all measured race/ethnic population groups with a high 13.0%. Hispanics or Latinos had the second highest decrease at 1.5% with a change from 11.8% to 10.3%.

Even with this extraordinary large decrease, the African American rate remained high at 13.0% compared to the lowest “seasonally adjusted” rate that was almost half for White Americans with 7.4%. All populations decreased 0.9% changing from 9.0% to 8.1% from April 2011 to April 2012.

Table 1 – Unemployment Rate Change from April 2011 to April 2012

Total Black Hispanic Asian White
April 2011 9.0% 16.2% 11.8% 6.4% 8.1%
April 2012 8.1% 13.0% 10.3% 5.2% 7.4%
Decrease Apr 11 to Apr 12 0.9% 3.2% 1.5% 1.2% 0.7%

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey (CPS) April 2011 to April 2012

Note: Data comes from the U.S.  Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey (CPS). The CPS includes unemployment data for persons above the age of 16 years. All population data are seasonly adjusted except Asian population.

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