Economic News Release

Work Experience of the Population (Annual) News Release


For release 10:00 a.m. (EST) Tuesday, December 8, 2009            USDL-09-1500

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                   WORK EXPERIENCE OF THE POPULATION -- 2008


A total of 157.5 million persons worked at some point during 2008, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The proportion of workers who
worked full time, year round in 2008 was 65.6 percent, down from 68.4 per-
cent in 2007. The number of persons who experienced some unemployment in
2008 increased by 6.1 million to 21.2 million. This sharp increase reflects
weak labor market conditions due to a recession that began in December 2007.

These data are based on information collected in the Annual Social and
Economic Supplement (ASEC) to the Current Population Survey (CPS). The
CPS is a monthly survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the
Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ASEC collects information on employment
and unemployment experienced during the prior calendar year. Additional
information about the CPS and the ASEC, including concepts and definitions,
is provided in the Technical Note. Highlights from the 2008 data include:

   --The proportion of the civilian noninstitutional population age 16
     and over who worked at some time during 2008 was 67.0 percent, down
     from 67.7 percent in 2007.

   --The proportion of workers who worked full time, year round in 2008
     was 65.6 percent, down from 68.4 percent in the prior year.

   --The "work-experience unemployment rate"--defined as the number of
     persons unemployed at some time during the year as a proportion of
     the number of persons who worked or looked for work during the year--
     was 13.2 percent in 2008, up from 9.5 percent in 2007.

    --About 3.2 million individuals looked for a job but did not work
      at all in 2008, up from 2.1 million in 2007.

Persons with Employment

The percent of men who worked during 2008 was 73.1 percent, down from 74.1
percent in 2007. The proportion of women who worked at some point during
2008 was 61.3 percent, little changed from 2007. (See table 1.)

The proportions of whites (67.7 percent), blacks (62.5 percent), and Asians
(67.4 percent) who worked at some time during the year fell in 2008. The
proportion of Hispanics who worked at some point during 2008 was 67.7 per-
cent, little different from 2007. (See table 2.)

Among those with work experience during 2008, 76.1 percent were employed
year round (working 50 to 52 weeks, either full or part time), down from
78.2 percent in 2007. The percentage of women working year round fell by
1.4 percentage points to 74.3 percent in 2008, and the percentage of men
employed year round fell by 2.8 percentage points to 77.7 percent. (See
table 1.)

Of those employed at some time during 2008, 79.5 percent usually worked
full time, down from 80.9 percent in 2007. Men were more likely to work
full time during the year (86.0 percent) than were women (72.2 percent).
The proportions of employed men and women working full time each declined
by 1.4 percentage points.

Persons with Unemployment

About 160.7 million persons worked or looked for work at some time in 2008.
Of those, 21.2 million experienced some unemployment during the year, up
from 15.1 million in 2007. Men accounted for the majority of the over-the-
year increase in unemployment. (See table 3.)

At 13.2 percent in 2008, the "work-experience unemployment rate" (those
looking for work during the year as a percent of those who worked or
looked for work during the year) was 3.7 percentage points higher than in
2007. The 2008 rate was the highest since 1994. The rates for whites 
(12.6 percent), blacks (17.7 percent), Hispanics (17.5 percent), and
Asians (10.0 percent) rose in 2008. (See tables 3 and 4.)

Overall, men continued to have higher "work-experience unemployment rates"
in 2008 than did women, 14.5 versus 11.7 percent, respectively. Among
whites, the rate for men (13.9 percent) was higher than that for women
(11.1 percent). This also was the case among blacks (20.5 and 15.3 per-
cent, respectively) and Hispanics (18.7 and 15.8 percent, respectively.)
The rates for Asian men (9.5 percent) and Asian women (10.5 percent) were
little different.

Among those who experienced unemployment in 2008, the median number of 
weeks spent looking for work was 15.2, up from 13.8 in 2007. The number of
individuals who looked for a job but did not work at all increased by 1.1
million to about 3.2 million individuals in 2008. Of the 18.0 million per-
sons who worked during 2008 and also experienced unemployment, 22.1 percent
had 2 or more spells of joblessness, down from 23.8 percent in 2007.





Technical Note


   The data presented in this release were collected in the Annual Social and
Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS).  The CPS is a
monthly sample survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of
Labor Statistics.  Data from the CPS are used to obtain the monthly estimates
of the nation's employment and unemployment levels.  The supplement, conducted
in the months of February through April, includes questions about work activity
during the prior calendar year.  For instance, data collected in 2009 refer to
the 2008 calendar year.  Because the reference period is a full year, the num-
ber of persons with some employment or unemployment greatly exceeds the average
levels for any given month, which are based on a 1-week reference period, and
the corresponding annual average of the monthly estimates.  As shown below, for
example, the number experiencing any unemployment during 2008 was over twice
the number unemployed in an average month during the year.

                                            Employed      Unemployed
   2008 estimates (in thousands)
     Annual average of
       monthly estimates                     145,362         8,924
     Annual supplement data                  157,472        21,205

   In addition, estimates from the supplement differ from those obtained in the
basic CPS because the questions used to classify workers as either employed or
unemployed are different.  More important, perhaps, is that fewer questions by
which to categorize respondents are asked in the supplement.  In regard to un-
employment in particular, the supplement has no questions on the type of job
search activity or on the respondent's availability to work.  Also, individ-
uals can be counted as both employed and unemployed in the work experience data,
whereas, for a specific reference week, each person is only counted in one cate-
gory and employment activity takes precedence over job search activity.

   Work experience data for 2008, which were collected in the 2009 Annual Social
and Economic Supplement to the CPS, are not strictly comparable with data for 2007
and earlier years because of the introduction in January 2009 of revised popula-
tion controls used in the CPS.  The effect of the revised population controls on
the work experience estimates is unknown.  However, the effect of the new controls
on the monthly CPS estimates was to decrease the December 2008 employment level by
407,000 and the unemployment level by 42,000.  For additional information, see
"Adjustments to Household Survey Population Estimates in January 2009," available
on the Internet at www.bls.gov/cps/cps09adj.pdf.

   Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired indi-
viduals upon request.  Voice phone:  (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service:
(800) 877-8339.

Reliability of the estimates

   Statistics based on the CPS are subject to both sampling and nonsampling error.
When a sample, rather than the entire population, is surveyed, there is a chance
that the sample estimates may differ from the "true" population values they re-
present.  The exact difference, or sampling error, varies depending on the parti-
cular sample selected, and this variability is measured by the standard error of
the estimate.  There is about a 90-percent chance, or level of confidence, that
an estimate based on a sample will differ by no more than 1.6 standard errors from
the "true" population value because of sampling error.  BLS analyses are generally
conducted at the 90-percent level of confidence.

   The CPS data also are affected by nonsampling error.  Nonsampling error can
occur for many reasons, including the failure to sample a segment of the popula-
tion, inability to obtain information for all respondents in the sample, inabil-
ity or unwillingness of respondents to provide correct information, and errors
made in the collection or processing of the data.

   For a full discussion of the reliability of data from the CPS and information
on estimating standard errors, see  "Reliability of estimates from  the CPS,"
available on the Internet at www.bls.gov/cps/documentation.htm#reliability.

Concepts and definitions

   Persons who worked.  In the 2009 supplement, persons are considered to have
worked if they responded "yes" to either the question "Did you work at a job or
business at any time during 2008?" or "Did you do any temporary, part-time, or
seasonal work even for a few days during 2008?"

   Unemployed persons.  Persons who worked during the year but not in every week
are counted as unemployed if they also reported looking for work or being on lay-
off from a job during the year.  Those who reported no work activity during the
year are considered unemployed if they responded "yes" to the question "Even
though you did not work in 2008, did you spend any time trying to find a job or
on layoff?"

   Labor force participants.  Persons who either worked or were unemployed during
the year.

   Usual full- and part-time employment.  These data refer to the number of hours
a worker typically works during most weeks of the year.  Workers are classified as
full time if they usually worked 35 hours or more in a week; part-time employment
refers to workers whose typical workweek was between 1 and 34 hours.

   Year-round and part-year employment.  Workers are classified as year round if
they worked 50 to 52 weeks.  Part-year employment refers to workers who worked
fewer than 50 weeks.





Table 1.  Work experience of the population during the year by sex and extent of employment, 2007-08
                                                                                                                       
                                                                     Total               Men                 Women     
                      Extent of employment                                                                             
                                                               2007      2008      2007      2008      2007      2008  
                                                                                                                       
                                                                                Numbers (in thousands)                 
                                                                                                                       
Civilian noninstitutional population.......................  232,995   235,086   112,695   113,758   120,300   121,328 
  Total who worked or looked for work......................  159,750   160,658    84,614    84,781    75,136    75,878 
    Percent of the population..............................     68.6      68.3      75.1      74.5      62.5      62.5 
  Total who worked during the year (1).....................  157,653   157,472    83,538    83,109    74,115    74,363 
    Percent of the population..............................     67.7      67.0      74.1      73.1      61.6      61.3 
                                                                                                                       
    Full time (2)..........................................  127,538   125,116    72,994    71,443    54,544    53,673 
      50 to 52 weeks.......................................  107,858   103,265    62,287    59,163    45,571    44,101 
      48 to 49 weeks.......................................    2,031     2,221     1,203     1,353       829       868 
      40 to 47 weeks.......................................    5,235     6,177     2,810     3,403     2,425     2,774 
      27 to 39 weeks.......................................    4,623     4,981     2,560     2,854     2,063     2,127 
      14 to 26 weeks.......................................    4,704     5,071     2,474     2,792     2,230     2,279 
      1 to 13 weeks........................................    3,087     3,402     1,661     1,878     1,426     1,524 
                                                                                                                       
    Part time (3)..........................................   30,115    32,356    10,544    11,665    19,571    20,690 
      50 to 52 weeks.......................................   15,472    16,553     4,930     5,419    10,541    11,134 
      48 to 49 weeks.......................................      832       875       296       301       536       575 
      40 to 47 weeks.......................................    2,580     2,791       903       939     1,678     1,852 
      27 to 39 weeks.......................................    2,776     2,954       961     1,209     1,815     1,744 
      14 to 26 weeks.......................................    4,248     4,519     1,709     1,900     2,539     2,620 
      1 to 13 weeks........................................    4,207     4,662     1,745     1,897     2,462     2,765 
                                                                                                                       
                                                                                  Percent distribution                 
                                                                                                                       
Total who worked during the year (1).......................    100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0 
                                                                                                                       
  Full time (2)............................................     80.9      79.5      87.4      86.0      73.6      72.2 
    50 to 52 weeks.........................................     68.4      65.6      74.6      71.2      61.5      59.3 
    48 to 49 weeks.........................................      1.3       1.4       1.4       1.6       1.1       1.2 
    40 to 47 weeks.........................................      3.3       3.9       3.4       4.1       3.3       3.7 
    27 to 39 weeks.........................................      2.9       3.2       3.1       3.4       2.8       2.9 
    14 to 26 weeks.........................................      3.0       3.2       3.0       3.4       3.0       3.1 
    1 to 13 weeks..........................................      2.0       2.2       2.0       2.3       1.9       2.0 
                                                                                                                       
  Part time (3)............................................     19.1      20.5      12.6      14.0      26.4      27.8 
    50 to 52 weeks.........................................      9.8      10.5       5.9       6.5      14.2      15.0 
    48 to 49 weeks.........................................      0.5        .6        .4        .4        .7        .8 
    40 to 47 weeks.........................................      1.6       1.8       1.1       1.1       2.3       2.5 
    27 to 39 weeks.........................................      1.8       1.9       1.2       1.5       2.4       2.3 
    14 to 26 weeks.........................................      2.7       2.9       2.0       2.3       3.4       3.5 
    1 to 13 weeks..........................................      2.7       3.0       2.1       2.3       3.3       3.7 

   1 Time worked includes paid vacation and sick leave.
   2 Usually worked 35 hours or more per week.
   3 Usually worked 1 to 34 hours per week.
   NOTE:  Data refer to persons 16 years and over.  Data for 2008, which were collected in the 2009 Annual Social and
Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey, are not strictly comparable with data for 2007 and earlier years
because of the introduction of updated population controls, which are introduced annually with the release of January
data.  For additional information, see the Technical Note and "Adjustments to Household Survey Population Estimates in
January 2009," available on the Internet at www.bls.gov/cps/cps09adj.pdf.





Table 2.  Work experience of the population during the year by race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, and sex, 2007-08

(Numbers in thousands)
                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                            
                                                                        Total               Men                 Women       
  Extent of employment, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity                                                              
                                                                                                                            
                                                                    2007      2008      2007      2008      2007      2008  
                                                                                                                            
                             WHITE                                                                                          
                                                                                                                            
  Civilian noninstitutional population..........................  189,045   190,503    92,469    93,246    96,576    97,257 
    Total who worked or looked for work.........................  130,472   131,102    70,392    70,346    60,080    60,756 
      Percent of the population.................................     69.0      68.8      76.1      75.4      62.2      62.5 
    Total who worked during the year (1)........................  129,078   128,882    69,659    69,192    59,419    59,690 
      Percent of the population.................................     68.3      67.7      75.3      74.2      61.5      61.4 
                                                                                                                            
    Percent who worked during the year (1)......................    100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0 
      Full time (2).............................................     80.5      79.1      87.5      86.1      72.3      70.8 
        50 to 52 weeks..........................................     68.1      65.3      74.7      71.5      60.3      58.1 
        27 to 49 weeks..........................................      7.6       8.6       7.9       9.3       7.2       7.7 
        1 to 26 weeks...........................................      4.8       5.2       4.8       5.3       4.8       5.0 
      Part time (3).............................................     19.5      20.9      12.5      13.9      27.7      29.2 
        50 to 52 weeks..........................................     10.1      10.8       5.9       6.5      15.0      15.8 
        27 to 49 weeks..........................................      4.1       4.3       2.7       3.0       5.8       5.9 
        1 to 26 weeks...........................................      5.3       5.8       4.0       4.4       6.9       7.4 
                                                                                                                            
                   BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN                                                                                
                                                                                                                            
  Civilian noninstitutional population..........................   27,709    28,117    12,448    12,644    15,261    15,474 
    Total who worked or looked for work.........................   18,112    18,296     8,347     8,489     9,765     9,807 
      Percent of the population.................................     65.4      65.1      67.1      67.1      64.0      63.4 
    Total who worked during the year (1)........................   17,602    17,577     8,104     8,096     9,499     9,481 
      Percent of the population.................................     63.5      62.5      65.1      64.0      62.2      61.3 
                                                                                                                            
    Percent who worked during the year (1)......................    100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0 
      Full time (2).............................................     83.6      81.5      87.0      84.2      80.7      79.1 
        50 to 52 weeks..........................................     69.9      66.2      72.4      67.5      67.8      65.0 
        27 to 49 weeks..........................................      7.6       8.5       8.1       8.5       7.1       8.4 
        1 to 26 weeks...........................................      6.1       6.8       6.4       8.1       5.7       5.7 
      Part time (3).............................................     16.4      18.5      13.0      15.8      19.3      20.9 
        50 to 52 weeks..........................................      7.9       9.1       5.6       6.9       9.9      10.9 
        27 to 49 weeks..........................................      2.9       3.3       1.9       2.6       3.7       3.9 
        1 to 26 weeks...........................................      5.6       6.2       5.5       6.3       5.8       6.0 
                                                                                                                            
                             ASIAN                                                                                          
                                                                                                                            
  Civilian noninstitutional population..........................   10,571    10,589     4,992     4,976     5,580     5,613 
    Total who worked or looked for work.........................    7,291     7,270     3,810     3,840     3,480     3,430 
      Percent of the population.................................     69.0      68.7      76.3      77.2      62.4      61.1 
    Total who worked during the year (1)........................    7,171     7,138     3,745     3,783     3,427     3,356 
      Percent of the population.................................     67.8      67.4      75.0      76.0      61.4      59.8 
                                                                                                                            
    Percent who worked during the year (1)......................    100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0 
      Full time (2).............................................     83.7      83.0      89.1      88.7      77.8      76.6 
        50 to 52 weeks..........................................     74.3      72.0      80.5      77.6      67.5      65.7 
        27 to 49 weeks..........................................      5.6       6.2       5.3       6.2       5.9       6.1 
        1 to 26 weeks...........................................      3.8       4.8       3.4       4.8       4.4       4.8 
      Part time (3).............................................     16.3      17.0      10.9      11.3      22.2      23.4 
        50 to 52 weeks..........................................      9.1       8.6       5.9       5.9      12.6      11.7 
        27 to 49 weeks..........................................      2.9       3.8       1.9       1.9       4.1       5.9 
        1 to 26 weeks...........................................      4.2       4.6       3.0       3.6       5.5       5.7 
                                                                                                                            
                  HISPANIC OR LATINO ETHNICITY                                                                              
                                                                                                                            
  Civilian noninstitutional population..........................   31,820    32,585    16,355    16,736    15,465    15,849 
    Total who worked or looked for work.........................   22,092    22,546    13,113    13,189     8,978     9,358 
      Percent of the population.................................     69.4      69.2      80.2      78.8      58.1      59.0 
    Total who worked during the year (1)........................   21,791    22,049    12,978    12,929     8,814     9,120 
      Percent of the population.................................     68.5      67.7      79.3      77.3      57.0      57.5 
                                                                                                                            
    Percent who worked during the year (1)......................    100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0 
      Full time (2).............................................     84.1      81.5      90.0      87.4      75.5      73.2 
        50 to 52 weeks..........................................     69.4      64.8      74.8      70.0      61.5      57.3 
        27 to 49 weeks..........................................      9.4      10.4      10.3      11.5       8.1       8.9 
        1 to 26 weeks...........................................      5.3       6.4       4.9       5.9       6.0       7.1 
      Part time (3).............................................     15.9      18.5      10.0      12.6      24.5      26.8 
        50 to 52 weeks..........................................      8.3       9.6       5.0       6.2      13.3      14.6 
        27 to 49 weeks..........................................      3.1       3.9       2.3       3.0       4.2       5.2 
        1 to 26 weeks...........................................      4.5       4.9       2.8       3.4       6.9       7.0 

   1 Time worked includes paid vacation and sick leave.
   2 Usually worked 35 hours or more per week.
   3 Usually worked 1 to 34 hours per week.
   NOTE:  Estimates for the above race groups (white, black or African American, and Asian) do not sum to totals shown in
table 1 because data are not presented for all races.  Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of
any race.  Also, see Note, table 1.





Table 3.  Extent of unemployment during the year by sex, 2007-08
                                                                         Total               Men                 Women      
                     Extent of unemployment                                                                                 
                                                                                                                            
                                                                    2007      2008      2007      2008      2007      2008  
                                                                                                                            
                                                                                   Numbers (in thousands)                   
                                                                                                                            
Total who worked or looked for work.............................  159,750   160,658    84,614    84,781    75,136    75,878 
  Percent with unemployment.....................................      9.5      13.2      10.3      14.5       8.6      11.7 
                                                                                                                            
  Total with unemployment.......................................   15,117    21,205     8,685    12,306     6,432     8,899 
    Did not work but looked for work............................    2,097     3,187     1,076     1,672     1,021     1,514 
      1 to 14 weeks.............................................      918     1,124       390       479       527       645 
      15 weeks or more..........................................    1,179     2,062       686     1,193       494       869 
    Worked during the year......................................   13,020    18,018     7,609    10,633     5,411     7,385 
      Year-round workers (1) with 1 or 2 weeks of unemployment..      500       763       365       484       135       279 
      Part-year workers (2) with unemployment...................   12,520    17,255     7,244    10,149     5,276     7,106 
        1 to 4 weeks............................................    2,591     2,786     1,365     1,516     1,226     1,270 
        5 to 10 weeks...........................................    2,090     2,941     1,214     1,698       876     1,243 
        11 to 14 weeks..........................................    1,888     2,435     1,163     1,464       725       971 
        15 to 26 weeks..........................................    3,373     4,855     2,058     3,032     1,316     1,823 
        27 weeks or more........................................    2,577     4,238     1,443     2,439     1,134     1,799 
                                                                                                                            
            Median weeks of unemployment for all workers........     13.8      15.2      14.0      15.7      13.6      14.7 
                                                                                                                            
            With 2 spells or more of unemployment...............    3,098     3,989     1,982     2,621     1,116     1,368 
              2 spells..........................................    1,420     1,985       840     1,232       580       753 
              3 spells or more..................................    1,678     2,004     1,143     1,389       536       616 
                                                                                                                            
                                                                                    Percent distribution                    
                                                                                                                            
Did not work but looked for work................................    100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0 
  1 to 14 weeks.................................................     43.8      35.3      36.3      28.7      51.7      42.6 
  15 weeks or more..............................................     56.2      64.7      63.7      71.3      48.3      57.4 
Worked during the year..........................................    100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0 
  Year-round workers (1) with 1 or 2 weeks of unemployment......      3.8       4.2       4.8       4.6       2.5       3.8 
  Part-year workers (2) with unemployment.......................     96.2      95.8      95.2      95.4      97.5      96.2 
    1 to 4 weeks................................................     19.9      15.5      17.9      14.3      22.6      17.2 
    5 to 10 weeks...............................................     16.1      16.3      16.0      16.0      16.2      16.8 
    11 to 14 weeks..............................................     14.5      13.5      15.3      13.8      13.4      13.1 
    15 to 26 weeks..............................................     25.9      26.9      27.0      28.5      24.3      24.7 
    27 weeks or more............................................     19.8      23.5      19.0      22.9      21.0      24.4 
                                                                                                                            
          With 2 spells or more of unemployment.................     23.8      22.1      26.1      24.7      20.6      18.5 
            2 spells............................................     10.9      11.0      11.0      11.6      10.7      10.2 
            3 spells or more....................................     12.9      11.1      15.0      13.1       9.9       8.3 

   1 Worked 50 or 51 weeks.
   2 Worked less than 50 weeks.
   NOTE:  See Note, table 1.





Table 4.  Extent of unemployment during the year by race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, and sex, 2007-08

(Numbers in thousands)
                                                                                                                            
                                                                        Total                Men                 Women      
 Extent of unemployment, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity                                                             
                                                                                                                            
                                                                     2007      2008      2007      2008      2007      2008 
                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                            
                             WHITE                                                                                          
                                                                                                                            
  Total who worked or looked for work............................  130,472   131,102    70,392    70,346    60,080    60,756
    Percent with unemployment....................................      9.0      12.6       9.9      13.9       8.0      11.1
                                                                .                                                           
    Total with unemployment......................................   11,782    16,512     6,951     9,759     4,831     6,753
      Did not work but looked for work...........................    1,394     2,220       733     1,154       661     1,066
      Worked during the year.....................................   10,388    14,291     6,218     8,605     4,170     5,687
                                                                                                                            
        Median weeks of unemployment for all workers.............     13.4      14.7      13.6      14.8      13.0      14.3
                                                                                                                            
      Percent who worked during the year (1).....................    100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0
        Year-round workers (2) with 1 or 2 weeks of unemployment.      4.3       4.6       5.3       4.9       2.8       4.1
        Part-year workers (3) with unemployment..................     95.7      95.4      94.7      95.1      97.2      95.9
          1 to 4 weeks...........................................     20.7      15.7      18.7      14.7      23.6      17.3
          5 to 14 weeks..........................................     30.8      31.0      31.2      31.0      30.1      30.8
          15 weeks or more.......................................     44.2      48.8      44.8      49.5      43.5      47.8
                                                                                                                            
                With 2 spells or more of unemployment............     24.3      22.7      26.5      25.3      20.9      18.7
                                                                                                                            
                   BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN                                                                                
                                                                                                                            
  Total who worked or looked for work............................   18,112    18,296     8,347     8,489     9,765     9,807
    Percent with unemployment....................................     12.7      17.7      13.9      20.5      11.6      15.3
                                                                                                                            
    Total with unemployment......................................    2,293     3,243     1,163     1,739     1,130     1,503
      Did not work but looked for work...........................      510       719       244       393       266       326
      Worked during the year.....................................    1,783     2,524       919     1,346       864     1,177
                                                                .                                                           
        Median weeks of unemployment for all workers.............     17.4      19.8      17.1      21.6      17.7      18.0
                                                                                                                            
      Percent who worked during the year (1).....................    100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0
        Year-round workers (2) with 1 or 2 weeks of unemployment.      1.3       2.7       0.8       2.7       1.8       2.7
        Part-year workers (3) with unemployment..................     98.7      97.3      99.2      97.3      98.2      97.3
          1 to 4 weeks...........................................     15.2      13.8      14.6      12.6      16.0      15.2
          5 to 14 weeks..........................................     28.5      24.1      30.0      22.6      26.8      25.9
          15 weeks or more.......................................     55.0      59.3      54.5      62.1      55.4      56.1
                                                                                                                            
                With 2 spells or more of unemployment............     21.4      20.4      22.9      22.0      19.9      18.6
                                                                                                                            
                             ASIAN                                                                                          
                                                                                                                            
  Total who worked or looked for work............................    7,291     7,270     3,810     3,840     3,480     3,430
    Percent with unemployment....................................      6.9      10.0       7.0       9.5       6.8      10.5
                                                                                                                            
    Total with unemployment......................................      500       725       265       364       235       361
      Did not work but looked for work...........................      119       132        66        57        54        74
      Worked during the year.....................................      381       593       200       307       181       287
                                                                                                                            
        Median weeks of unemployment for all workers.............     13.5      16.2      15.4      17.3      12.1      14.3
                                                                                                                            
      Percent who worked during the year (1).....................    100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0
        Year-round workers (2) with 1 or 2 weeks of unemployment.      4.6       3.6       7.8       4.8       1.2       2.3
        Part-year workers (3) with unemployment..................     95.4      96.4      92.2      95.2      98.8      97.7
          1 to 4 weeks...........................................     18.2      17.6       9.8      12.9      27.5      22.6
          5 to 14 weeks..........................................     31.7      26.4      30.9      26.5      32.5      26.3
          15 weeks or more.......................................     45.5      52.4      51.5      55.8      38.9      48.8
                                                                                                                            
                With 2 spells or more of unemployment............     15.9      15.3      12.9      15.9      19.1      14.7
                                                                                                                            
                  HISPANIC OR LATINO ETHNICITY                                                                              
                                                                                                                            
  Total who worked or looked for work............................   22,092    22,546    13,113    13,189     8,978     9,358
    Percent with unemployment....................................     12.3      17.5      13.0      18.7      11.3      15.8
                                                                                                                            
    Total with unemployment......................................    2,720     3,938     1,708     2,460     1,012     1,478
      Did not work but looked for work...........................      300       497       136       260       165       238
      Worked during the year.....................................    2,420     3,441     1,572     2,200       848     1,240
                                                                                                                            
        Median weeks of unemployment for all workers.............     14.2      16.6      13.9      16.6      14.6      16.6
                                                                                                                            
      Percent who worked during the year (1).....................    100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0
        Year-round workers (2) with 1 or 2 weeks of unemployment.      2.6       3.6       2.5       3.8       2.8       3.2
        Part-year workers (3) with unemployment..................     97.4      96.4      97.5      96.2      97.2      96.8
          1 to 4 weeks...........................................     21.1      13.3      20.4      12.2      22.4      15.2
          5 to 14 weeks..........................................     29.9      29.1      31.9      29.6      26.3      28.2
          15 weeks or more.......................................     46.4      54.0      45.3      54.4      48.5      53.3
                                                                                                                            
                With 2 spells or more of unemployment............     27.8      26.1      30.8      30.2      22.1      18.7

   1 Time worked includes paid vacation and sick leave.
   2 Worked 50 or 51 weeks.
   3 Worked less than 50 weeks.
   NOTE:  Estimates for the above race groups (white, black or African American, and Asian) do not sum to totals shown in
table 3 because data are not presented for all races.  Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of
any race.  Also, see Note, table 1.




Last Modified Date: December 08, 2009
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