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Unemployment in June 2012

July 10, 2012

In June, the unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent, and the number of unemployed persons was 12.7 million.

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*Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for blacks (14.4 percent) edged up over the month, while the rates for adult men (7.8 percent), adult women (7.4 percent), teenagers (23.7 percent), whites (7.4 percent), and Hispanics (11.0 percent) showed little or no change. The jobless rate for Asians was 6.3 percent in June (not seasonally adjusted), little changed from a year earlier.

Unemployment rates of the civilian population age 25 and older by educational attainment, seasonally adjusted, June 2012
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In June, the unemployment rate for persons age 25 and older with at least a bachelor's degree was 4.1 percent, compared with 7.5 percent for those who had some college experience or an associate degree, 8.4 percent for high school graduates with no college, and 12.6 percent for those with less than a high school diploma. The unemployment rate for all persons age 25 and older was 6.9 percent.

College graduates made up 36 percent of the labor force of persons age 25 and older. Persons who had some college experience or an associate degree and high school graduates who had never attended college each accounted for 28 percent of the labor force age 25 and older; those with less than a high school diploma accounted for about 9 percent.

These data are from the Current Population Survey and are seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — June 2012," (HTML) (PDF) news release USDL-12-1332.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Unemployment in June 2012 on the Internet at (visited April 24, 2014).


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