May's Jobless Rate for Blacks Was 11.5%, Higher than Whites, Hispanics and Asians

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The nation's nonfarm payroll employment rose by 217,000 jobs in May, but it was a mixed bag for black workers 20 years old and older.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday that the overall seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May for African-American workers was 11.5 percent, down from 11.6 percent in April.

The jobless rate for black-male workers 20 years old and older in May was11.5 percent, up from 10.8 percent in April, BLS reported.

The unemployment rate in May for black-women workers 20 years old and older was 10.0 percent, down from 10.4 percent in April.

The labor-participation rate for African Americans, which refers to number of people who are either employed or actively looking for work, also was mixed for black men and women. The labor-participation rate for black men increased to 66.8 percent in May, up from 66.4 percent in April. On the other hand, the labor participation rate in May for black women was 55.1 percent, down from 55.3 percent in April.

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