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Unemployment rate, by education and race and ethnicity, 2000–2011

Education Race and ethnicity 2000 2007 2010 2011 Change
2007–2010
Less than high school All 9.4% 10.3% 18.8% 17.8% 8.5
High school All 4.3 5.4 12.0 11.1 6.5
Some college All 3.1 4.0 9.1 8.6 5.1
College degree All 2.0 2.4 5.7 5.2 3.2
Advanced degree All 1.4 1.7 3.5 3.3 1.8
Less than high school White 8.4% 10.9% 19.2% 18.1% 8.3
Black 16.8 18.7 30.6 31.7 11.9
Hispanic 8.2 7.6 15.5 14.1 7.9
Asian 8.2 5.7 13.6 12.2 7.9
High school White 3.4% 4.6% 10.3% 9.2% 5.7
Black 8.6 9.6 18.5 18.3 8.8
Hispanic 5.1 5.5 13.5 12.3 8.0
Asian 4.0 3.7 9.5 9.0 5.8
Some college White 2.7% 3.5% 7.9% 7.2% 4.4
Black 4.9 6.4 13.7 14.3 7.3
Hispanic 3.8 4.6 10.8 10.2 6.2
Asian 4.1 4.0 9.0 8.4 5.0
College degree White 1.8% 2.2% 4.9% 4.5% 2.7
Black 2.8 3.5 9.8 8.2 6.3
Hispanic 2.5 2.9 7.1 6.9 4.2
Asian 2.3 2.8 6.8 6.6 3.9
Advanced degree White 1.3% 1.6% 3.2% 3.0% 1.6
Black 2.2 2.5 5.7 5.8 3.1
Hispanic 1.8 1.6 4.3 3.8 2.7
Asian 1.6 1.9 3.8 3.6 1.9

Source: Authors' analysis of basic monthly Current Population Survey microdata

Updated May 15, 2012

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