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Black Employment and Unemployment in April 2011

The unemployment rate for Blacks was 16.1 percent last month. This is according to the latest report on the nations employment situation released Friday morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its monthly Employment Situation report. This rate was an increase from March, when unemployment in the Black community stood at 15.5 percent. For the nation as a whole, unemployment rose slightly to 9.0 percent in the month of April. Among whites, unemployment was 8.0 percent; among Latinos, unemployment was 11.8 percent. Comparable March 2011 figures were 8.8 percent; 7.9 percent; and 11.3 percent respectively. Overall, total non-farm payroll employment increased by 244,000.