March 11, 2003
The unemployment rate was little changed in February, at 5.8 percent (seasonally adjusted); the number of unemployed persons was 8.5 million.
The seasonally-adjusted jobless rates for the major worker groups were as follows: adult men (5.3 percent), adult women (5.0 percent), teenagers (17.1 percent), whites (5.0 percent), blacks or African Americans (10.5 percent), and Hispanics or Latinos (7.7 percent).
The unemployment rate for Asians was 6.0 percent, not seasonally adjusted.
These data are from the Current Population Survey (CPS). For more information on current unemployment, see "The Employment Situation: February 2003" (PDF) (TXT), USDL 03-99.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment in February 2003 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2003/mar/wk2/art02.htm (visited November 28, 2015).
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