Unemployment Rate for March 2012 – African Americans the Largest 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 March 2011 to March 2012. African Americans’ unemployment rate decreased over one percent with a decrease of 1.6% (see Table 1). Unfortunately, the rate remains the highest of all measured race/ethnic population groups with a high 14.0%. Hispanics or Latinos had the second highest decrease at 1.0% with a change from 11.3% to 10.3%.

Even with this extraordinary large decrease, the African American rate remained high at 14.0% compared to the lowest “seasonally adjusted” rate that is almost half for White Americans with 7.3%. All populations decreased 0.7% changing from 8.9% to 8.2% from March 2011 to March 2012.

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

Total Black Hispanic Asian White
March 2011 8.9% 15.6% 11.3% 7.1% 7.9%
March 2012 8.2% 14.0% 10.3% 6.2% 7.3%
Decrease Mar 11 to Mar 12 0.7% 1.6% 1.0% 0.9% 0.6%

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