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Unemployment does not affect all demographic groups equally. Many African-Americans, for instance, FIGURE 3.1 Unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted, February 2003–January 2006 "Chart 1. Unemployment Rate, Seasonally Adjusted, February 2003–January 2006," in The Employment Situation: January 2006, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, February 3, 2006, http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf (accessed February 7, 2006)work in occupations that have suffered as the American economy has changed from an industrial to a service economy, and, as in the overall unemployment picture, the youngest workers are particularly affected. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, African-American teenagers aged sixteen to nineteen experienced an unemployment rate of 33.3% in 2005 as compared with 14.2% for white teenagers and 12.4% for Asians. Even within the racial group, black male teenagers (36.3%) were more likely to be unemployed in 2005 than black female teenagers (30.3%).

In 2005 African-American men, with a 10.5% unemployment rate, were considerably more likely to be out of work than Hispanic men (5.4%), white men (4.4%), or Asian men (4%). In 2005 unemployment affected men and women overall to the same degree (5.1%), and white men and white women to the same degree (4.4%), but affected Hispanic women (6.9%) more than Hispanic men (5.4%) and African-American men (10.5%) more than African-American women (9.5%). (See Table 3.3.)

According to data compiled by the BLS in Employment and Earnings (January 2006), a married person was much less likely to be unemployed than a single, widowed, or divorced individual in 2005. This observation held true across all races. In 2005 single, never-married males aged sixteen and over (9.5%) had more than three times the unemployment rate of married males (2.8%). Widowed, divorced, or separated males (5.6%) had twice the unemployment rate of married men. While only 2.5% of white, married men were unemployed in 2005, 8.2% of single white men and 5% of widowed, divorced, or separated white males were out of work. Among African-Americans, 5.1% of married men aged sixteen years and older were unemployed in 2005, com-pared with 9.5% of widowed, divorced, or separated men and 16.9% of single blacks. (See Table 3.3.)

The same situation held true for married, single, divorced, widowed, and separated women. While only 3.3% of married women were unemployed in 2005, the unemployment rate of widowed, divorced, or separated women was 5.4%. Among single females, 8.3% were unemployed in 2005. Single, white women over the age of sixteen (6.8% in 2005) were markedly more likely to be out of work than married white women (3%), and single, black women (13.9%) were significantly more likely to be unemployed than married black women (5.2%). (See Table 3.3.)

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over 4 years ago

I didn't understand why the married black male unemployment included age and married white unemployment did not? The age was as young as 16 years old for the black males and nothing for white males. How often are the incidences of 16 years old married black men are there that their numbers would be included in this study? I find this study to be unreliable.

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about 6 years ago

I don't believe your statistics Single white men are not being hired you walk into a school, hospital, bank almost all of the people working their are women. You see women of every race. Your statistics are lies unless you can provide 3 worthy sources to back up this claim.

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