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Table 4. Extent of unemployment during the year by race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, and sex, 2008-09

Table 4.  Extent of unemployment during the year by race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, and sex, 2008-09

(Numbers in thousands)
                                                                                                                            
                                                                        Total               Men                 Women       
 Extent of unemployment, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity                                                             
                                                                                                                            
                                                                    2008      2009      2008      2009      2008      2009  
                                                                                                                            
                             WHITE                                                                                          
                                                                                                                            
  Total who worked or looked for work...........................  131,102   130,189    70,346    70,042    60,756    60,147 
    Percent with unemployment...................................     12.6      15.5      13.9      18.1      11.1      12.6 
                                                                                                                            
    Total with unemployment.....................................   16,512    20,231     9,759    12,669     6,753     7,562 
      Did not work but looked for work..........................    2,220     3,954     1,154     2,311     1,066     1,643 
      Worked during the year....................................   14,291    16,277     8,605    10,358     5,687     5,920 
                                                                                                                            
        Median weeks of unemployment for all workers............     14.7      19.1      14.8      19.2      14.3      19.0 
                                                                                                                            
      Percent who worked during the year (1)....................    100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0 
        Year-round workers (2) with 1 or 2 weeks of unemployment      4.6       3.4       4.9       3.6       4.1       3.0 
        Part-year workers (3) with unemployment.................     95.4      96.6      95.1      96.4      95.9      97.0 
          1 to 4 weeks..........................................     15.7      12.8      14.7      11.8      17.3      14.5 
          5 to 14 weeks.........................................     31.0      25.3      31.0      26.0      30.8      24.0 
          15 weeks or more......................................     48.8      58.6      49.5      58.6      47.8      58.5 
                                                                                                                            
                With 2 spells or more of unemployment...........     22.7      21.5      25.3      23.9      18.7      17.3 
                                                                                                                            
                   BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN                                                                                
                                                                                                                            
  Total who worked or looked for work...........................   18,296    18,250     8,489     8,421     9,807     9,829 
    Percent with unemployment...................................     17.7      22.4      20.5      26.1      15.3      19.1 
                                                                                                                            
    Total with unemployment.....................................    3,243     4,082     1,739     2,201     1,503     1,881 
      Did not work but looked for work..........................      719     1,446       393       780       326       666 
      Worked during the year....................................    2,524     2,636     1,346     1,421     1,177     1,215 
                                                                                                                            
        Median weeks of unemployment for all workers............     19.8      22.8      21.6      23.6      18.0      22.1 
                                                                                                                            
      Percent who worked during the year (1)....................    100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0 
        Year-round workers (2) with 1 or 2 weeks of unemployment      2.7       3.3       2.7       3.8       2.7       2.7 
        Part-year workers (3) with unemployment.................     97.3      96.7      97.3      96.2      97.3      97.3 
          1 to 4 weeks..........................................     13.8       9.9      12.6      11.1      15.2       8.5 
          5 to 14 weeks.........................................     24.1      19.9      22.6      18.8      25.9      21.2 
          15 weeks or more......................................     59.3      66.9      62.1      66.3      56.1      67.6 
                                                                                                                            
                With 2 spells or more of unemployment...........     20.4      14.7      22.0      16.8      18.6      12.1 
                                                                                                                            
                             ASIAN                                                                                          
                                                                                                                            
  Total who worked or looked for work...........................    7,270     7,430     3,840     3,935     3,430     3,495 
    Percent with unemployment...................................     10.0      12.6       9.5      12.4      10.5      12.8 
                                                                                                                            
    Total with unemployment.....................................      725       937       364       489       361       448 
      Did not work but looked for work..........................      132       236        57       114        74       123 
      Worked during the year....................................      593       701       307       376       287       325 
                                                                                                                            
        Median weeks of unemployment for all workers............     16.2      19.9      17.3      21.3      14.3      18.9 
                                                                                                                            
      Percent who worked during the year (1)....................    100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0 
        Year-round workers (2) with 1 or 2 weeks of unemployment      3.6       7.0       4.8       8.0       2.3       5.8 
        Part-year workers (3) with unemployment.................     96.4      93.0      95.2      92.0      97.7      94.2 
          1 to 4 weeks..........................................     17.6      13.6      12.9      10.9      22.6      16.7 
          5 to 14 weeks.........................................     26.4      22.8      26.5      24.6      26.3      20.7 
          15 weeks or more......................................     52.4      56.6      55.8      56.5      48.8      56.8 
                                                                                                                            
                With 2 spells or more of unemployment...........     15.3      15.3      15.9      15.3      14.7      15.2 
                                                                                                                            
                  HISPANIC OR LATINO ETHNICITY                                                                              
                                                                                                                            
  Total who worked or looked for work...........................   22,546    22,668    13,189    13,268     9,358     9,400 
    Percent with unemployment...................................     17.5      20.9      18.7      23.7      15.8      16.9 
                                                                                                                            
    Total with unemployment.....................................    3,938     4,729     2,460     3,140     1,478     1,589 
      Did not work but looked for work..........................      497       944       260       544       238       400 
      Worked during the year....................................    3,441     3,784     2,200     2,595     1,240     1,189 
                                                                                                                            
        Median weeks of unemployment for all workers............     16.6      20.0      16.6      19.4      16.6      21.6 
                                                                                                                            
      Percent who worked during the year (1)....................    100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0 
        Year-round workers (2) with 1 or 2 weeks of unemployment      3.6       1.5       3.8       1.4       3.2       1.7 
        Part-year workers (3) with unemployment.................     96.4      98.5      96.2      98.6      96.8      98.3 
          1 to 4 weeks..........................................     13.3      12.4      12.2      12.3      15.2      12.6 
          5 to 14 weeks.........................................     29.1      25.5      29.6      26.8      28.2      22.6 
          15 weeks or more......................................     54.0      60.6      54.4      59.5      53.3      63.1 
                                                                                                                            
                With 2 spells or more of unemployment...........     26.1      24.1      30.2      27.7      18.7      16.2 

   1 Time worked includes paid vacation and sick leave.
   2 Worked 50 or 51 weeks.
   3 Worked less than 50 weeks.
   NOTE: Estimates for the above race groups (white, black or African American, and Asian) do not sum to totals shown in
table 3 because data are not presented for all races. Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of
any race. Also, see Note, table 1.

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Last Modified Date: October 27, 2020