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Unemployment rate dropped for black Americans in May

By The Associated PressJune 7, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — The unemployment rate for black Americans declined in May to 6.2% from 6.7% in April. The rate is now at its lowest point since November.

The decline in the rate, though, wasn’t entirely positive: It resulted not just from more people finding work but also from others no longer looking for a job and so no longer being counted as unemployed.

The rate for Americans of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, which can include all races, held steady at 4.2%, the lowest level on records since 1973.

The Labor Department said Friday that all told, employers added just 75,000 jobs in May. The overall unemployment rate held steady at 3.6%.

The data for demographic groups came from a survey of households that is part of the Labor Department’s monthly jobs report.

Unemployment rate by group:
(Numbers in percentages)May 2019April 2019May 2018
White3.33.13.5
Black6.26.75.9
Asian2.52.22.2
Hispanic or Latino ethnicity*4.24.24.9
Adult men3.33.43.6
Adult women3.23.13.3
Teenagers12.713.012.7
20-24 years old7.06.57.1
25-54 years old2.93.03.1
55 and over2.72.62.8
Veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan*2.81.74.2
No high school diploma5.45.45.5
High school graduate3.53.53.9
Some college2.83.13.2
College graduate2.12.12.0
Duration of Unemployment:
Average length (weeks)24.122.921.3
Jobless 6 months or more (pct.)22.421.119.7
*Includes all races
Source: Labor Department
Unemployment rate by group:
(Numbers in percentages)May 2019April 2019May 2018
White3.33.13.5
Black6.26.75.9
Asian2.52.22.2
Hispanic or Latino ethnicity*4.24.24.9
Adult men3.33.43.6
Adult women3.23.13.3
Teenagers12.713.012.7
20-24 years old7.06.57.1
25-54 years old2.93.03.1
55 and over2.72.62.8
Veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan*2.81.74.2
No high school diploma5.45.45.5
High school graduate3.53.53.9
Some college2.83.13.2
College graduate2.12.12.0
Duration of Unemployment:
Average length (weeks)24.122.921.3
Jobless 6 months or more (pct.)22.421.119.7
*Includes all races
Source: Labor Department
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