April 11, 2006
Both the number of unemployed persons, 7.0 million, and the unemployment rate, 4.7 percent, were little changed in March.
The jobless rates for the major worker groups—adult men (4.1 percent), adult women (4.1 percent), teenagers (15.7 percent), whites (4.0 percent), blacks (9.3 percent), and Hispanics (5.4 percent)—showed little or no change over the month.
The number of long-term unemployed—those unemployed 27 weeks and over—also was little changed over the month. This group accounted for 18.4 percent of the unemployed, down from 21.5 percent a year earlier.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment in March 2006 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/apr/wk2/art02.htm (visited November 28, 2015).
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