Employment

Unemployment Rate June 2012 – Asian Population Jumps over 1 Percent

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Asian Americans had the largest increase in unemployment rate from May 2012 to June 2012 (See Table 1). Asian unemployment increased an additional one percent (1.1%) from May 2012 to June 2012 going from 5.2% to 6.3%. African American’s unemployment rate, once again, had the second highest increase with .8%, increasing from 13.6% to 14.4%. At 14.4%, African Americans remained the highest racial/ethnic population group of the unemployed. There was no unemployment rate change of Hispanic/Latino and White Americans with 11.0% and 7.4% respectively.

Table 1 – Unemployment Rate Change from May 2012 to June 2012

Total

Black

Hispanic

Asian

White

May 2012 8.2% 13.6% 11.0% 5.2% 7.4%
June 2012 8.2% 14.4% 11.0% 6.3% 7.4%
Change May 2012 to June 2012 0.0% 0.8% 0.0% 1.1% 0.0%

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