Employment

Unemployment Rate May 2012 – Hispanics/Latinos had the Largest Monthly Increase

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Hispanics/Latinos had the largest increase in unemployment rate from April 2012 to May 2012 (See Table 1). Hispanics/Latinos increased .7% from April 2012 to May 2012 going from 10.3% to 11% unemployed. African American’s unemployment rate had the second highest increase with .6%, increasing from 13.0% to 13.6%. At 13.6%, African Americans remained the highest racial/ethnic population group of the unemployed. There was no unemployment rate change of White and Asian Americans with 7.4% and 5.2% respectively.

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

Total

Black

Hispanic

Asian

White

April 2012 8.1% 13.0% 10.3% 5.2% 7.4%
May 2012 8.2% 13.6% 11.0% 5.2% 7.4%
Change Apr 2012 to May 2012 0.1% 0.6% 0.7% 0.0% 0.0%

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