For most demographic groups, unemployment rates tick up

Updated at: 07/15/2016 12:12 PM
By The Associated Press

(AP) WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates rose for most demographic groups in June, but largely for an encouraging reason: More Americans started or renewed job hunts, and many didn't immediately land work. But the figures reflect jobseekers' growing confidence in their prospects.

The jobless rate for black Americans, for example, climbed to 8.6 percent from 8.2 percent. But their labor force participation rate — the proportion who are either working or actively seeking work — posted its first increase this year after a steady decline.

Asians fared particularly well, with their unemployment rate falling to 3.5 percent from 4.1 percent. The number of employed Asians rose while the number of unemployed fell. That suggests that those who had been out of work found jobs.

The opposite was true for adult women in June. Their unemployment rate climbed to 4.5 percent from 4.2 percent. The number of employed women fell while the number of unemployed rose. Their participation rate was flat.

Overall, U.S. employers added a blockbuster 287,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate rose from 4.7 percent to a still-low 4.9 percent.

The data for various demographic groups came from a survey of households that is part of the Labor Department's monthly jobs report.

Unemployment rate by group:
(Numbers in percentages)June 2016May 2016June 2015
Hispanic or Latino ethnicity**
Adult men4.54.34.8
Adult women4.54.24.7
20-24 years old8.78.39.8
25-54 years old4.14.04.3
55 and over3.53.43.7
Veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan*
No high school diploma7.57.18.1
High school graduate5.05.15.4
Some college4.23.94.2
College graduate2.52.42.5
Duration of Unemployment:
Average length (weeks)27.726.728.1
Jobless 6 months or more (pct.)25.825.125.9
*Not seasonally adjusted
**Includes all races
Source: Labor Department

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