Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey

Labor Force Characteristics by Race and Ethnicity, 2008

Table 4. Employment status of persons 25 years and over by educational attainment, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, 2008 annual averages (Numbers in thousands)
Employment status, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity Total,
25 years
and over
Less than
a high school
diploma
High school
graduates,
no college
Some college,
no degree
Associate
degree
Bachelor's
degree
and higher
Total

Civilian noninstitutional population

196,304 26,122 61,115 33,493 17,611 57,962

Civilian labor force

132,255 12,166 38,263 23,268 13,449 45,108

Percent of population

67.4 46.6 62.6 69.5 76.4 77.8

Employed

126,161 11,073 36,097 22,092 12,948 43,951

Employment-population ratio

64.3 42.4 59.1 66.0 73.5 75.8

Unemployed

6,094 1,092 2,166 1,176 502 1,158

Unemployment rate

4.6 9.0 5.7 5.1 3.7 2.6
Men

Civilian noninstitutional population

94,204 12,990 29,298 15,631 7,620 28,665

Civilian labor force

70,982 7,790 21,364 11,959 6,258 23,612

Percent of population

75.3 60.0 72.9 76.5 82.1 82.4

Employed

67,605 7,108 20,093 11,356 6,021 23,027

Employment-population ratio

71.8 54.7 68.6 72.6 79.0 80.3

Unemployed

3,377 682 1,270 603 236 585

Unemployment rate

4.8 8.8 5.9 5.0 3.8 2.5
Women

Civilian noninstitutional population

102,100 13,133 31,817 17,862 9,991 29,297

Civilian labor force

61,273 4,376 16,899 11,310 7,191 21,497

Percent of population

60.0 33.3 53.1 63.3 72.0 73.4

Employed

58,555 3,965 16,004 10,737 6,926 20,924

Employment-population ratio

57.4 30.2 50.3 60.1 69.3 71.4

Unemployed

2,717 410 896 573 265 573

Unemployment rate

4.4 9.4 5.3 5.1 3.7 2.7
White

Civilian noninstitutional population

160,541 20,653 50,101 27,281 14,597 47,910

Civilian labor force

107,849 9,843 31,065 18,713 11,113 37,115

Percent of population

67.2 47.7 62.0 68.6 76.1 77.5

Employed

103,373 9,036 29,495 17,873 10,742 36,228

Employment-population ratio

64.4 43.8 58.9 65.5 73.6 75.6

Unemployed

4,475 807 1,570 840 371 888

Unemployment rate

4.1 8.2 5.1 4.5 3.3 2.4
Men

Civilian noninstitutional population

77,984 10,566 24,180 12,883 6,378 23,977

Civilian labor force

58,957 6,590 17,668 9,829 5,249 19,620

Percent of population

75.6 62.4 73.1 76.3 82.3 81.8

Employed

56,446 6,066 16,741 9,397 5,070 19,171

Employment-population ratio

72.4 57.4 69.2 72.9 79.5 80.0

Unemployed

2,511 524 927 433 179 449

Unemployment rate

4.3 7.9 5.2 4.4 3.4 2.3
Women

Civilian noninstitutional population

82,558 10,086 25,922 14,398 8,218 23,933

Civilian labor force

48,892 3,253 13,396 8,883 5,864 17,495

Percent of population

59.2 32.3 51.7 61.7 71.4 73.1

Employed

46,928 2,970 12,753 8,477 5,672 17,056

Employment-population ratio

56.8 29.4 49.2 58.9 69.0 71.3

Unemployed

1,964 284 643 407 192 439

Unemployment rate

4.0 8.7 4.8 4.6 3.3 2.5
Black or African American

Civilian noninstitutional population

22,254 3,629 7,918 4,379 1,956 4,372

Civilian labor force

14,973 1,443 5,200 3,232 1,533 3,564

Percent of population

67.3 39.8 65.7 73.8 78.4 81.5

Employed

13,786 1,234 4,719 2,972 1,439 3,423

Employment-population ratio

62.0 34.0 59.6 67.9 73.6 78.3

Unemployed

1,187 209 482 260 95 141

Unemployment rate

7.9 14.5 9.3 8.0 6.2 4.0
Men

Civilian noninstitutional population

9,810 1,645 3,684 1,862 767 1,852

Civilian labor force

6,978 730 2,636 1,420 617 1,575

Percent of population

71.1 44.4 71.6 76.2 80.5 85.0

Employed

6,357 616 2,358 1,296 579 1,508

Employment-population ratio

64.8 37.5 64.0 69.6 75.6 81.4

Unemployed

621 114 278 124 37 67

Unemployment rate

8.9 15.6 10.6 8.7 6.1 4.2
Women

Civilian noninstitutional population

12,444 1,983 4,234 2,517 1,189 2,520

Civilian labor force

7,995 713 2,564 1,812 917 1,990

Percent of population

64.2 35.9 60.6 72.0 77.1 79.0

Employed

7,429 617 2,361 1,676 859 1,915

Employment-population ratio

59.7 31.1 55.8 66.6 72.3 76.0

Unemployed

566 95 203 136 57 74

Unemployment rate

7.1 13.4 7.9 7.5 6.3 3.7
Asian

Civilian noninstitutional population

9,248 1,028 1,847 879 639 4,856

Civilian labor force

6,518 469 1,190 626 477 3,757

Percent of population

70.5 45.7 64.4 71.2 74.7 77.4

Employed

6,290 439 1,139 602 459 3,651

Employment-population ratio

68.0 42.8 61.6 68.5 71.9 75.2

Unemployed

229 30 51 24 18 106

Unemployment rate

3.5 6.4 4.3 3.8 3.8 2.8
Men

Civilian noninstitutional population

4,358 372 805 438 286 2,459

Civilian labor force

3,498 221 603 346 236 2,093

Percent of population

80.3 59.4 74.9 79.0 82.5 85.1

Employed

3,370 203 577 330 225 2,035

Employment-population ratio

77.3 54.6 71.8 75.4 78.7 82.8

Unemployed

128 18 26 16 11 58

Unemployment rate

3.7 8.0 4.2 4.6 4.7 2.8
Women

Civilian noninstitutional population

4,890 656 1,043 441 353 2,397

Civilian labor force

3,020 248 587 280 241 1,664

Percent of population

61.8 37.9 56.3 63.4 68.4 69.4

Employed

2,920 236 562 272 234 1,616

Employment-population ratio

59.7 36.0 53.8 61.6 66.4 67.4

Unemployed

101 12 25 8 7 48

Unemployment rate

3.3 4.9 4.3 2.8 2.9 2.9
Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

Civilian noninstitutional population

25,479 9,555 7,526 3,371 1,612 3,414

Civilian labor force

18,235 5,911 5,576 2,627 1,288 2,833

Percent of population

71.6 61.9 74.1 77.9 79.9 83.0

Employed

17,115 5,426 5,232 2,484 1,236 2,736

Employment-population ratio

67.2 56.8 69.5 73.7 76.7 80.1

Unemployed

1,120 485 344 142 52 97

Unemployment rate

6.1 8.2 6.2 5.4 4.1 3.4
Men

Civilian noninstitutional population

13,081 5,025 3,986 1,677 732 1,660

Civilian labor force

11,035 4,021 3,444 1,448 633 1,489

Percent of population

84.4 80.0 86.4 86.3 86.5 89.7

Employed

10,363 3,714 3,231 1,371 607 1,439

Employment-population ratio

79.2 73.9 81.1 81.8 82.9 86.7

Unemployed

672 307 213 77 26 50

Unemployment rate

6.1 7.6 6.2 5.3 4.1 3.3
Women

Civilian noninstitutional population

12,398 4,530 3,541 1,694 879 1,754

Civilian labor force

7,200 1,889 2,132 1,179 655 1,344

Percent of population

58.1 41.7 60.2 69.6 74.5 76.6

Employed

6,752 1,712 2,001 1,113 629 1,297

Employment-population ratio

54.5 37.8 56.5 65.7 71.6 73.9

Unemployed

448 178 131 65 26 47

Unemployment rate

6.2 9.4 6.2 5.6 4.0 3.5

NOTE: Estimates for the above race groups (white, black or African American, and Asian) do not sum to totals because data are not presented for all races. Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.

SOURCE: Current Population Survey, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Last Modified Date: December 4, 2009

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