By Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans of the Afghan and Iraq Wars are more likely to be unemployed than non-veterans, while the foreign-born and disabled are more likely to be jobless than the general population.
These figures were included for the first time Friday in the Labor Department's monthly employment report. Overall, the report included mildly positive news: the nation's jobless rate fell to 9.7% in January from 10%.
For veterans who have served since September 2001, joblessness is higher: 12.6%, compared to 10.4% for non-vets. Both groups have higher rates than the national total because the figures aren't seasonally adjusted.
When veterans from all other periods are included, the picture is brighter: the unemployment rate for all vets is 9.6%, below the non-vet rate.
Meanwhile, 15.2% of disabled Americans are unemployed, the department said, compared to 10.4% of the general population.
The unemployment rate for foreign-born U.S. residents, meanwhile, is 11.8%. That compares to 10.3% for native-borne citizens.
Here, by the numbers, are some more details you can find deep in the employment report.
CLOSER TO THE PLUS SIGN
20,000: The net total of jobs lost in January
150,000: The net total of jobs lost in December
64,000: The net total of jobs gained in November, the only gain in 25 months
753,000: Average number of jobs lost each month in the first quarter of 2009
35,000: Average number lost each month in the past three months
TOUGH TIMES FOR THE YOUNGEST
26.4%: Unemployment rate for teenagers in January
15.8%: Unemployment rate for those 20 to 24 years old
41.2%: Proportion of unemployed who've been out of work six months or longer, the highest on records dating to 1948
30.2 weeks: Average length of unemployment in January, also a record for the same period
6.3 million: Number of people unemployed for six months or longer, also a record for this period
1.3 million: Number unemployed for that long in December 2007, when the recession began
WHERE THE JOBS ARE
52,000: The number of temporary jobs added in January
11,000: Jobs added in manufacturing, the first gain since January 2007
42,100: Jobs added in retail, the largest gain since November 2007
14,500: Jobs added in hospitals, nursing and other health care sectors
7,100: Jobs added in computer services
8.3 million: Number of part-time workers who would have preferred full-time work last month
2.5 million: People without jobs who want to work but have stopped looking
16.5%: "Underemployment" rate in January if you include the above two categories
17.4%: Underemployment rate in October, the highest on records dating to 1994
JANUARY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE BY GROUP
12.3%: Female heads of households
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