Spotlight on Statistics

February 2010

African American History Month

Chart Data

Percent distribution of total and black or African American labor force by age, 2009
Percent
Black or African American Total

16-24 years

15.3 13.9

25-34 years

24.4 21.6

35-44 years

23.7 22.2

45-54 years

22.5 23.5

55-64 years

11.3 14.6

65 years & over

2.8 4.2

Percent distribution of black or African American employed persons and total employed persons, 16 years and over, by industry, 2009
Percent distribution

Industry

Black or African American Total (all races)

Education and health services

29.7 22.7

Wholesale and retail trade

12.7 14.1

Professional and business services

8.9 10.7

Leisure and hospitality

8.8 9.1

Manufacturing

8.4 10.2

Transportation and utilities

7.6 5.2

Public administration

7.1 4.9

Financial activities

5.9 6.9

Other services

4.5 5.0

Construction

3.4 6.9

Information

2.4 2.3

Agriculture and related industries

0.4 1.5

Mining

0.2 0.5

Unemployment rates, total and black or African American, 16 years and over, 1972-2009, annual averages, not seasonally adjusted
Year Black or African American, 16 years and over Total, 16 years and over

1972

10.4 5.6

1973

9.4 4.9

1974

10.5 5.6

1975

14.8 8.5

1976

14.0 7.7

1977

14.0 7.1

1978

12.8 6.1

1979

12.3 5.8

1980

14.3 7.1

1981

15.6 7.6

1982

18.9 9.7

1983

19.5 9.6

1984

15.9 7.5

1985

15.1 7.2

1986

14.5 7.0

1987

13.0 6.2

1988

11.7 5.5

1989

11.4 5.3

1990

11.4 5.6

1991

12.5 6.8

1992

14.2 7.5

1993

13.0 6.9

1994

11.5 6.1

1995

10.4 5.6

1996

10.5 5.4

1997

10.0 4.9

1998

8.9 4.5

1999

8.0 4.2

2000

7.6 4.0

2001

8.6 4.7

2002

10.2 5.8

2003

10.8 6.0

2004

10.4 5.5

2005

10.0 5.1

2006

8.9 4.6

2007

8.3 4.6

2008

10.1 5.8

2009

14.8 9.3

Educational attainment of blacks or African Americans in the labor force, 25 years and over (percent distribution)
Less than a high school diploma High school graduates, no college Some college or associate degree Bachelor's degree and higher

1992

18 40 26 16

2009

9 34 32 24

Median usual weekly earnings of black or African American full-time wage and salary workers 25 years and over by educational attainment, 2009
Dollars

Bachelor´s degree and higher

921

Some college or associate degree

608

High school graduates, no college

533

Less than a high school diploma

413

Unemployment rates of blacks or African Americans age 25 years and over by educational attainment, 1999-2009
Year Less than a high school diploma High school graduates, no college Some college or associate degree Bachelor's degree or higher

1999

11.6 6.3 4.4 2.7

2000

10.7 6.4 4.0 2.5

2001

11.8 7.4 5.0 2.7

2002

13.3 8.8 6.7 4.2

2003

13.9 9.3 7.9 4.5

2004

15.5 8.7 7.6 4.3

2005

14.4 8.5 6.9 3.5

2006

12.8 8.0 6.2 2.8

2007

12.0 7.3 5.5 3.0

2008

14.5 9.3 7.4 4.0

2009

21.3 14.0 11.5 7.3

Average time use of employed persons and blacks or African Americans 18 years and over on work days, 2008
Employed Blacks or African Americans All employed persons

Work & work-related activities

8.4 8.3

Sleeping

7.6 7.8

Leisure & sports activities

3.4 3.2

Grooming

0.9 0.7

Eating & drinking

0.9 1.1

Household activities

0.7 1.0

Other activities

0.6 0.5

Caring for & helping others

0.6 0.6

Purchasing goods & services

0.6 0.5

Organizational, civic, & religious activities

0.3 0.2

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