August 10, 2004
Both the number of unemployed persons, 8.2 million, and the unemployment rate, 5.5 percent, were essentially unchanged in July. The unemployment rate has shown little movement since December 2003.
The jobless rates for the major worker groups—adult men (4.9 percent), adult women (4.9 percent), teenagers (17.6 percent), whites (4.8 percent), blacks (10.9 percent), and Hispanics or Latinos (6.8 percent)—also were little changed over the month.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment in July 2004 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2004/aug/wk2/art02.htm (visited December 01, 2015).
Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.