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Black Employment and Unemployment in August 2012

The unemployment rate for Blacks was 14.1 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 unchanged from July, when unemployment in the Black community also stood at 14.1 percent. For the nation as a whole, unemployment was 8.1 percent in the month of August; this was decrease from July when the national unemployment rate stood at 8.3 percent. Among whites, unemployment was 7.2 percent; among Latinos, unemployment was 10.2 percent. Comparable July 2012 figures were 7.4 percent and 10.3 percent respectively. Overall, total non-farm payroll employment increased by 96,000 jobs from last month.