Black unemployment was 5.9 percent in November


Overall black unemployment in November was 5.9 percent, a major drop from 7.1 percent compared with the same month a year ago as businesses feverishly sought to hire qualified workers but were largely unable to find them.

The jobless rate for black men 20 and older in November was 5.8 percent compared to 7.1 percent for the same month a year earlier.

The unemployment rate in November for black women 20 and over was 4.9 percent compared to 5.9 percent for the same month a year earlier, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

Despite the dramatic drop in black unemployment, the jobless rate for African Americans was much higher than that of other ethnic and racial groups. The unemployment rate for whites was 3.4 percent; for Asians, it was 2.7 percent and for Hispanics it was 4.5 percent.

The overall unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7 percent as the nation’s businesses added 155,000 jobs in November.


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