By Frederick H. Lowe
Non-farm businesses added 263,000 jobs in April, and the nation’s jobless rate declined, but the unemployment rate for black men 20 and older was higher compared to the same month a year ago, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported.
April’s jobless rate for black men was 6.8 percent compared to 6.1 percent in April 2018. However, April 2019’s jobless rate for black men was down compared to March 2019’s jobless rate of 6.9 percent.
April’s unemployment rate for black men was much higher compared to white men in the same age group, which was 2.9 percent. White men’s unemployment rate is down from 3.2 percent compared to the same month a year ago.
The jobless rate for Hispanic men 20 and older was 3.7 percent, the same as it was a year ago.
The unemployment rate for Asians was 2.2 percent, down from 2.7 percent for the same month a year ago. (The unemployment rate for Asian men 20 and older is not broken out.)
Job gains occurred in professional and business services, construction, health care, and social assistance.
The labor force participation rate declined by 0.2 percentage points to 62.8 percent in April. The labor force participation rate for black men was 63.7 percent in April, up from 63.3 percent in March.
The unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage points to 3.6 percent in April, the lowest rate since December 1969.