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Black Employment and Unemployment in May 2010

The unemployment rate for Blacks was 15.5 last month. This is according to the latest report on the nations employment situation released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its monthly Employment Situation report. This rate decreased from April when unemployment in the Black community stood at 16.5. For the nation as a whole unemployment fell slightly to 9.7 in the month of May. Among whites unemployment was 8.8; among Latinos unemployment was 12.4. Comparable April 2010 figures were 9.9; 9.0; and 12.5 respectfully.