Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Job Outlook Improves for All Races, Except Blacks Job Outlook Improves for All Races, Except Blacks

This ad will end in seconds
Close X

Not a member? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation


The Next America - Workforce 2012 / Economy

Job Outlook Improves for All Races, Except Blacks

February's job report reveals a slowly healing job market. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)()

photo of Doris Nhan
March 8, 2013

African-American workers are the only racial group whose jobless numbers did not improve last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which released a month-over-month jobs report Friday.

(RELATED: Jobs Market Is Improving, but the Long-Term Unemployed Still Can't Catch a Break)

The numbers, slightly more optimistic than forecasted, showed the addition of 236,000 jobs, dropping the overall unemployment rate to 7.7 percent--the lowest since December 2008. The increase translated to minor improvements for workers of color, most of whom saw their jobless rates drop slightly.

Blacks remain more likely than all major racial groups to be unemployed, and their jobless rate of 13.8 percent is nearly double the average for all Americans.

February’s overall unemployment rate is a small drop from the 7.9 percent recorded in January. Asian workers saw the biggest decline in unemployment, which fell from 6.5 percent in January to 6.1 percent in February. (Seasonally adjusted rates for Asians are not available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.)

White workers saw their numbers fall from 7 percent in January to 6.8 percent in February. Hispanic workers also saw a modest improvement in unemployment, dropping 1 percentage point to 9.6 percent in February.

Our sister publication, Quartz, provided two easy-to-digest charts summarizing Friday’s job numbers, including an analysis of which industries improved the most. Atop the list are professional and business services, construction, and education and health services; losing the most positions were local and state governments.

Check out the interactive graph below to see a historical timeline of unemployment numbers compared with this month's report.


More The Next America - Workforce 2012
Job Board
Search Jobs
Technical Service Engr Asc Mgr
Lockheed Martin | Herndon, VA
Software Engineer Sr Stf
Lockheed Martin | Herndon, VA
Comp Systems Architect - Hill AFB, UT
Lockheed Martin | Hill AFB, UT
Database Engineer
Lockheed Martin | Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
Senior Software Engineer
Lockheed Martin | Annapolis Junction, MD
AIX Systems Administrator
Lockheed Martin | Millington, TN
Software Engineer Sr
Lockheed Martin | Arlington, VA
Aircraft Maintenance Asc Mgr
Lockheed Martin | Patrick AFB, FL
Software Engineer Sr
Lockheed Martin | Lexington, MA
Systems Engineer/Project Lead
Lockheed Martin | Hanover, MD
Test Engineer
Lockheed Martin | Hanover, MD
Software Engineer
Lockheed Martin | Bethesda, MD
Electrical Engineer Stf
Lockheed Martin | Grand Prairie, TX
Database Administrator
Lockheed Martin | Richland, WA
comments powered by Disqus