Nearly 10 per cent unemployment is nothing to write home about, but hey, it means at least nine out of 10 workers have a job.The statistic gets much, much worse for certain demographics.
Take black workers: 16.0% unemployment.
Construction workers: 19.0% unemployment.
Young workers: 24.6% unemployment.
Put it all together and the hypothetical American who is most likely to be unemployed is: A 19-year-old obese black male high school drop out, who was laid off from an El Centro construction job over 27 weeks ago.
Blacks age 16-19: 46.5% unemployed
Whites age 16-19: 20.9% unemployed
Black men over 20: 16.7% unemployed
Black women over 20: 13.1% unemployed
White men over 20: 9.2% unemployed
White women over 20: 7.6% unemployed
Asians (not seasonally adjusted): 7.6% unemployed
El Centro, Calif.: 29.3% unemployment rate
Yuma, Ariz.: 26.7% unemployment rate
Yuba City, Calif.: 17.8% unemployment rate
Stockton, Calif.: 16.3% unemployment rate
Merced, Calif.: 16.3% unemployment rate
Construction and extraction workers: 19.0% unemployed
Farming, fishing and forestry workers: 16.9% unemployed
Production occupations: 12.2% unemployed
Transportation and moving materials: 11.3% unemployed
Service occupations: 10.2% unemployed
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