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Black Employment and Unemployment in April 2013

The unemployment rate for Blacks was 13.2 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 virtually unchanged from March, when unemployment in the Black community was 13.3 percent. For the nation as a whole, unemployment was 7.5 percent in the month of April; this was virtually unchanged from March when the national unemployment rate stood at 7.6 percent. Among whites, unemployment was 6.7 percent; among Latinos, unemployment was 9.0 percent. Comparable March 2013 figures were 6.7 percent and 9.2 percent respectively. Overall, total non-farm payroll employment increased by 165,000 jobs from last month. (February and March payroll numbers were revised upward by a total of 114,000 jobs.)