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Employment Status by Race, 1975–2008

YearEmployment rate1Unemployment rate2
WhiteBlackHispanic3WhiteBlackHispanic3
197556.7%50.1%53.4%7.8%14.8%12.2%
198060.052.357.66.314.310.1
198561.053.457.86.215.110.5
199063.756.761.94.811.48.2
199563.857.159.74.910.49.3
200065.160.864.73.57.65.7
200164.459.764.94.28.76.6
200263.458.163.95.110.37.5
200363.057.463.15.210.87.7
200463.157.263.84.810.47.0
200563.457.764.04.410.06.0
200862.857.363.35.210.17.6
NOTE: Data apply to workers age 16 and older.
1. Percentage of overall population that was employed. 2. Percentage of labor force that was unemployed. 3. Hispanic persons may be of any race.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Web: data.bls.gov .

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