January 14, 2010
Among the unemployed, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) continued to trend up, reaching 6.1 million in December 2009. Four in ten unemployed workers were jobless for 27 weeks or longer.
In December, both the number of unemployed persons, at 15.3 million, and the unemployment rate, at 10.0 percent, were unchanged. Both have doubled the past two years: at the start of the recession in December 2007, the number of unemployed persons was 7.7 million, and the unemployment rate was 5.0 percent.
Unemployment rates for major worker groups—adult men (10.2 percent), adult women (8.2 percent), teenagers (27.1 percent), whites (9.0 percent), blacks (16.2 percent) and Hispanics (12.9 percent)—showed little change in December.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Long-term unemployment in December 2009 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2010/ted_20100114.htm (visited November 27, 2015).
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