June 2009 Unemployment rate increases slightly, more jobs lost, Black unemployment 14.7%

There was little change in unemployment for the month of June, which went up to 9.5% from 9.4% in May. But 467,000 more jobs were lost during this period, up from 322,000 in May. In all, there are now 14.7 million unemployed Americans, an increase of 7.2 million since the start of the recession (Dec. 2007).

The unemployment rate for African-Americans was 14.7% last month compared to 12.2% for Hispanics and 8.7% for whites. The African-American unemployment rate is down for the second straight month after reaching 15% in April. Unemployment for Black men is at 16.4%, down from a high of 17.2% in April.

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, June

2009 7.6 8.1 8.5 8.9 9.4 9.5

This does not include 2.2 million people who were marginally attached to the labor force last month. And of that number 793,000 are considered “discouraged workers”, because they are not currently looking for work because they believe there are no jobs available. The other 1.4 million had not searched for work in the previous 4 weeks.

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From the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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