The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC, 20500
My name is Joseph Jean, and I am a high school student in New Jersey. I am writing to you about the unemployment rate in the U.S. The number of unemployed people is at 12.8 million. The unemployment rate is held at 8.3 percent, 0.8 percentage point below the August, 2011 rate.
Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (7.7 percent), adult women (7.7 percent), teenagers (23.8 percent), whites (7.3 percent), blacks (14.1 percent), and Hispanics (10.7 percent) showed little or no change in February. The jobless rate for Asians is 6.3 percent.
There are signs of slight improvement in the employment/unemployment status, but more needs to be done. An important step in improving the economy is getting people jobs and decreasing the unemployment rate.