Describe the differences among unemployment rates for high school dropouts and college graduates, whites and minorities, and adults over 25 and teenagers.

The overall unemployment rate provides only an average rate. There are significant differences in unemployment rates among different groups. For example, the demographics of the unemployment rate reveal that ranges by educational attainment, from a low of 2.9 for college graduates to a high of 8.3 for workers who have not completed high school. (See the original Department of Labor announcement tables - http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm.) The unemployment rate is lower for whites than minority groups and lower for people over the age of 25 than it is for teenagers (table 2).

Table 2