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Black Employment and Unemployment in December 2013

The unemployment rate for Blacks was 11.9 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 a decrease from November, when unemployment in the Black community was 12.4 percent. For the nation as a whole, unemployment was 6.7 percent in the month of December; this was a decrease from November when the national unemployment rate stood at 7.0 percent. Among whites, unemployment was 5.9 percent; among Latinos, unemployment was 8.3 percent. Comparable November 2013 figures were 6.1 percent and 8.7 percent respectively. Overall, total non-farm payroll employment increased by 74,000 jobs from last month.