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Black Employment and Unemployment in May 2011

The unemployment rate for Blacks was 16.2 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 virtually unchanged from April, when unemployment in the Black community stood at 16.1 percent. For the nation as a whole, unemployment rose slightly to 9.1 percent in the month of May. Among whites, unemployment was 8.0 percent; among Latinos, unemployment was 11.9 percent. Comparable April 2011 figures were 9.0 percent; 8.0 percent; and 11.8 percent respectively. Overall, total non-farm payroll employment increased by 54,000.