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Black Employment and Unemployment in January 2011

The unemployment rate for Blacks was 15.7 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 virtually unchanged from December, when unemployment in the Black community stood at 15.8. For the nation as a whole, unemployment fell to 9.0 in the month of January. Among whites, unemployment was 8.0; among Latinos, unemployment was 11.9. Comparable December 2010 figures were 9.4; 8.5; and 13.0 respectively. Overall, total payroll employment increased by just 36,000.