The Unemployment Rate Of The United States

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The national unemployment rate in the United States from December 2015 is 5.0 percent, which has reduced from the previous months in 2015. The unemployment rates for Whites are 4.5 percent, which is lower than the national average. But sadly the unemployment rates for minorities are much higher. According to the rate for unemployment for African Americans is 8.3 percent; although this number is the lowest it has been since 2007, theirs is still higher than the national average. The unemployment rate for Mexican-Americans (Hispanics) is 6.3 percent and for Asian Americans is 4.0 percent. This shows that overall African-Americans still have higher unemployment than every other demographic since December 2016. The unemployment rate is measured by a division of the Department of Labor known as the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( This government agency conducts a monthly survey called the Current Population Survey that involves 60,000 households. These households are selected using random sampling methods designed to generate as close an approximation as possible to the larger population. Unemployment occurs mostly when someone who is actively searching for employment is unable to find work. But however people without a job are not necessarily unemployed according to But according to there were over 5.4 million jobs opened in the U.S in April 2015 alone. So why does it seem that there are so many people—mostly minorities—not being able to find a

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