August 08, 2005
Both the number of unemployed persons, 7.5 million, and the unemployment rate, 5.0 percent, were unchanged in July. A year earlier, the number of unemployed was 8.2 million and the jobless rate was 5.5 percent.
Over the month, the unemployment rates for most major worker groups—adult men (4.3 percent), adult women (4.7 percent), teenagers (16.1 percent), whites (4.3 percent), and Hispanics or Latinos (5.5 percent)--showed little or no change. The jobless rate for blacks declined from 10.3 to 9.5 percent over the month.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment in July 2005 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2005/aug/wk2/art01.htm (visited November 27, 2015).
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