How groups fared in US jobs data, at a glance


Salon Staff
April 6, 2012 6:36PM (UTC)

U.S. employers pulled back sharply on hiring last month, adding just 120,000 jobs. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.2 percent, the Labor Department said. The decline was mostly because more Americans stopped looking for work. The official unemployment tally only includes those seeking work.

Here are some details from the report:

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Unemployment rate by group
March 2012 February 2012 March 2011
White 7.3 7.3 7.9
Black 14 14.1 15.6
Hispanic 10.3 10.7 11.3
Asian (not seasonally adjusted) 6.2 6.3 7.1
Adult men 7.6 7.7 8.7
Adult women 7.4 7.7 7.8
Teenagers 25 23.8 24.5
20-24 years old 13.2 13.8 14.9
25-54 years old 7.1 7.3 7.8
55 and over 6.2 5.9 6.5
Veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan (not seasonally adjusted) 10.3 7.6 10.9
No high school diploma 12.6 12.9 13.8
High school graduates 8 8.3 9.5
Some college 7.5 7.3 7.4
College graduates 4.2 4.2 4.4
Duration of unemployment March 2012 February 2012 March 2011
Average length (weeks) 39.4 40 38.9
Jobless 6 months or more (percentage) 42.5 42.6 45.5
Job changes by sector (net) March 2012 February 2012 March 2011
Total jobs added 120,000 240,000 246,000
Private employers 121,000 233,000 261,000
Construction -7,000 -6,000 7,000
Education and health care 37,000 66,000 24,000
Manufacturing 37,000 31,000 26,000
Recreation, restaurants, hotels 39,000 45,000 64,000
Professional and business services * 31,000 86,000 88,000
Retail -33,800 -28,600 7,700
Government -1,000 7,000 -15,000
* includes engineering, accounting and temp services

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