African-American Unemployment Rate was 10.1% in March

The African-American unemployment rate in March continued its roller-coaster ride, never dropping down to the jobless rate of other racial ethnic groups, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

The overall unemployment rate for African Americans last month was 10.1%, down from 10.4% in February. The jobless rate for men 20 years old and older was 10.0% in March, down from 10.4% in February, BLS reported.

The unemployment rate for the black women 20 years old and older was 9.2% in March, up from 8.9% in February.

In comparison, the jobless rate for white women 20 years old and older was 4.2%, the same as February. March’s unemployment rate for white men 20 years old and older was 4.4%, down from 4.5% in February.

The unemployment rate in March for Hispanic women 20 years old and older was 6.5%, up from 6.1% in February. For Hispanic men in the same age group it was a different story. Their jobless rate in March dropped to 5.8% compared with 6.0% in February.

Asians have the lowest unemployment rate, according to BLS.

Although the jobless rates is not broken down by men and women 20 years old and older, the unemployment rate for Asians overall was 3.2% in March compared to 4.0% in February.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that nonfarm employment increased by 126,000 jobs last month and that the unemployment rate remain unchanged at 5.5%.  Professional business and business services, health care and retail trade added jobs, but mining lost jobs.

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