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Black Employment and Unemployment in July 2011

The unemployment rate for Blacks was 15.9 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 slightly lower from June, when unemployment in the Black community stood at 16.2 percent. For the nation as a whole, unemployment was virtually unchanged at 9.1 percent in the month of July. Among whites, unemployment was 8.1 percent; among Latinos, unemployment was 11.3 percent. Comparable June 2011 figures were 9.2 percent; 8.1 percent; and 11.6 percent respectively. Overall, total non-farm payroll employment increased by 177,000.