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[Excerpt] In 2011, the unemployment rate for the United States averaged 8.9 percent, but varied across race and ethnicity groups. The rates were highest for Blacks (15.8 percent) and for American Indians and Alaska Natives (14.6 percent) and lowest for Whites (7.9 percent) and for Asians (7.0 percent). The jobless rate was 13.6 percent for persons of two or more races, 11.5 percent for Hispanics, and 10.4 percent for Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders.


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U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2012). Labor force characteristics by race and ethnicity, 2011 (BLS Report No. 1036). Washington, D.C.: Author.