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Black Employment and Unemployment in December 2011

The unemployment rate for Blacks was 15.8 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 November, when unemployment in the Black community stood at 15.5 percent. For the nation as a whole, unemployment was 8.5 percent in the month of December; this was virtually unchanged from November when the national unemployment rate stood at 8.6 percent. Among whites, unemployment was 7.5 percent; among Latinos, unemployment was 11.0 percent. Comparable November 2011 figures were 7.6 percent and 11.4 percent respectively. Overall, total non-farm payroll employment increased by 200,000 jobs from last month.