Key Numbers Behind the May Jobs Report

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1. All workers (all members of the labor force)
> May unemployment: 4.3%
> April unemployment: 4.4%
> Total unemployed: 6.9 million

The unemployment rate in May was 4.3%, down from 4.7% the same time last year.

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2. Women
> May unemployment: 4.0%
> April unemployment: 4.1%
> Total unemployed: 2.9 million

The unemployment rate for women remained in line with the April rate.

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3. Men
> May unemployment: 3.8%
> April unemployment: 4.0%
> Total unemployed: 3.1 million

The jobless rate for adult men declined from 4.0% in April to 3.8% in May.

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4. Blacks
> May unemployment: 7.5%
> April unemployment: 7.9%
> Total unemployed: 1.5 million

While down slightly from April, the black unemployment rate, at 7.5%, remains approximately double the white jobless rate.

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5. Hispanics
> May unemployment: 5.2%
> April unemployment: 5.2%
> Total unemployed: 1.4 million

5.2% of Hispanics were unemployed in May, in line with the rate for April.