Black Workers, Jobs

Black unemployment increases overall

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But black men see a drop

January’s unemployment rate climbed overall for African-American workers, but dropped for black men 20 years older. Unemployment rose for black women in the same age group, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

The jobless rate for African Americans was 8.8% compared with 8.3 % in December, BLS reported.

For black men 20 years old and older, the unemployment dropped to 8.4% in January compared with 8.7 % the month before.

The jobless rate for black women 20 years old and older, however, rose to 7.9 %, up from 6.9% last month.

The jobless rate for whites still remains dramatically low at

4.3 % in January compared with 4.5 % in December.

The unemployment rate for Hispanics also dropped. It was 5.9 % in January, down from

6.3 % last month.

The jobless rate for Asians was 3.7%, down from 4.0% in December.

The unemployment rate fell below 5 percent for the first time in eight years as the longest streak of private-sector job growth on record continued, The White House reported.

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 151,000 last month and the overall national employment rate was 4.9 %.

Job gains occurred in the retail trade, food services, drinking places, health care and manufacturing. But unemployment increased in educational services, transportation and warehousing and mining.

 

Unemployment rate January 2016

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