The nation’s unemployment rate for black men 20 years old and older was 6.0 percent in August as the country’s nonfarm payroll added 201,000 jobs, up from 147,000 in July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning.
This jobless rate for black men was a major drop compared to August 2017 when unemployment was 7.5 percent.
BLS reported job gains in professional and business services, health care, wholesale trade, transportation, warehousing and mining.
Although the jobless rate dropped in August for black men, unemployment among this group still was much higher compared with whites, Asians and Hispanics.
Joblessness for white men 20 and older was 3.1 percent. It was 3.7 percent for Hispanic men 20 or older. The unemployment rate for Asians was 3.1 percent. BLS does not include a category for Asian men 20 and older.
The overall jobless rate for the African Americans was 6.3 percent in August compared to 7.9 percent the same time year earlier.
The unemployment rate for whites was 3.4 percent, 3.0 percent for Asians, 4.7 percent for Hispanics.
The average hourly rate in August $27.16, up 10 cents.