What the jobs report reveals about US population

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Posted: Nov 02, 2012 2:35 PM
What the jobs report reveals about US population

U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs in October while hiring in August and September was stronger than first thought. At the same time, the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent, as more people started looking for work but not all found jobs.

The stepped-up hiring has affected different groups in different ways. Here are some details from the government's report:

Unemployment rates for: Oct. 2012 Sept. 2012 Oct. 2011
White 7 % 7 % 8 %
Black 14.3 13.4 15
Hispanic 10 9.9 11.4
Asian* 4.9 4.8 7.3
Adult men 7.3 7.3 8.7
Adult women 7.2 7 7.9
Teenagers 23.7 23.7 24
20-24 years old 13.2 12.4 13.9
25-54 years old 6.9 6.8 8
55 and over 5.8 5.9 7
Veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan* 10 9.7 12.1
No high school diploma 12.2 11.3 13.8
High school graduate 8.4 8.7 9.5
Some college 6.9 6.5 8.2
College graduates 3.8 4.1 4.4
Duration of unemployment
Average length (weeks) 40.2 39.8 39.2
Jobless 6 mos. or more (pct.) 40.6 40.1 42.2
*not seasonally adjusted
Source: Labor Department