Monday, October 4, 2010

Mixed News in August's Unemployment Rates for Women, Minorities and Workers with Disabilities

U.S. Department of Labor

While the overall unemployment rate has fallen from a high of 10.1 percent in October 2009 to 9.6 percent this August, not all groups have benefited equally. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the unemployment rate has improved little for black workers during the economic recovery to date. In August, the jobless rate for blacks was 16.3 percent, little changed from its post-recession high of 16.5 percent. However, Latino workers have had greater recent improvements with a decrease in their unemployment rate from a high of 13.1 percent last December to 12.0 percent in August. Even with these improvements there remains large disparities between the employment situation of Latinos and non-Latinos..

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