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Black Employment and Unemployment in February 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 an increase from January, when unemployment in the Black community stood at 13.6 percent. For the nation as a whole, unemployment was 8.3 percent in the month of February; this was unchanged from January when the national unemployment rate also stood at 8.3 percent. Among whites, unemployment was 7.3 percent; among Latinos, unemployment was 10.7 percent. Comparable January 2011 figures were 7.4 percent and 10.5 percent respectively. Overall, total non-farm payroll employment increased by 227,000 jobs from last month. This months report includes a brief commentary on the sharp drop in Black unemployment rates from December 2011 to January 2012.