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Black Employment and Unemployment in December 2012

The unemployment rate for Blacks was 14.0 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 was 13.2 percent. For the nation as a whole, unemployment was 7.8 percent in the month of December; this was unchanged from November when the national unemployment rate also stood at 7.8 percent. Among whites, unemployment was 6.9 percent; among Latinos, unemployment was 9.6 percent. Comparable November 2012 figures were 6.8 percent and 9.9 percent respectively. Overall, total non-farm payroll employment increased by 155,000 jobs from last month.