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Black unemployment was 5.9 percent in December

Overall black unemployment rose in December, but it was lower on a seasonally adjusted basis compared with the same month a year ago.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on January 10th December’s unemployment rate for black men 20 and older was 5.8 percent compared with a seasonally adjusted 6.4 percent for the same month a year earlier.

Some 9,034 million black men were employed, and their labor participation rate was 68.6 percent compared to seasonally adjusted 67.3 percent for the same month last year.

The overall black unemployment rate was 5.9 percent compared to a seasonally adjusted 6.6 percent for the same month a year earlier.

The jobless rate for black women 20 and older was 5.0 percent compared with a seasonally adjusted 5.6 percent for the same month a year earlier.

BLS reported that nonfarm payrolls rose by 145,000 and the overall unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.5 percent.

Black unemployment remained much higher compared with other racial ethnic groups.

The jobless rate for whites was 3.2 percent. The Hispanic unemployment rate was 4.2 percent and the jobless rate for Asians was 2.5 percent.

In December, the retail trade added 41,000 jobs, health care added 20,000 jobs, leisure and hospitality added more that 40,000 jobs. However, manufacturing and transportation showed little change in employment.

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