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African-American Unemployment Rate 13.8 Percent in January

Posted: Feb 04, 2013


The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for African Americans in January was lower than it was in December but higher when compared to the same month a year ago.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday morning that the jobless rate last month for blacks was 13.8 percent compared to 14 percent in December and 13.6 percent in January 2012.

The unemployment rate in January for black men 20 years old and older was 13.4 percent compared to 14.0 percent in December and 12.8 percent in January 2012. And January’s jobless rate for black women 20 years old and older was 12.3 percent compared to 12.2 percent in December and 12.5 percent in January 2012.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the total nonfarm payroll increased by 157,000 in January, but the unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.9 percent. Retail trade, construction, healthcare and wholesale trade added jobs last month, according to BLS’s survey of U.S. households.

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