Black male unemployment climbs

The unemployment rate for Black men rose in March 2023 but it was still down from last year.

The jobless rate for Black men was 5.2 percent in March 2023 compared to 6.1 percent in March 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. The 5.2 percent measure was higher than the 5.1 percent rate in February.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 236,000 in March, and the overall unemployment rate changed little at 3.5 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment continued to trend up in leisure and hospitality, government, professional and business services, and health care. 

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for Hispanics decreased to 4.6 percent in March, essentially offsetting an increase in the prior month.

 The unemployment rate for adult men is at 3.4 percent, adult women at 3.1 percent, teenagers at 9.8 percent, Whites at 3.2 percent, and Asians at 2.8 percent in March.