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Black unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in May

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One of the major topics up for discussion at the National Black Political Convention, which opens today in Gary, Ind., will be jobs.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week that May’s black unemployment rate was 8.2 percent, down from 8.8 percent in April, but the jobless rate for African Americans remains almost twice as high when compared with other racial and ethnic groups.

The white unemployment rate was 4.1 percent. Hispanics was 5.6 percent and the jobless rate among Asians was 4.1 percent.

In the key category of black men and women 20 years and older, the data was mixed.

The unemployment rate in May for black men was 7.6 percent, down from 9.5 percent in April. The jobless rate for black women was 7.4 percent, up from 6.9 percent in April.

Non-farm businesses added 38,000 jobs in May, according to the BLS.

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