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Women were key beneficiaries of job market in July

Updated at: 08/05/2016 4:21 PM
By The Associated Press

(AP) WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON (AP) — Women overwhelmingly found work in July, even as the nation's unemployment rate held at 4.9 percent for a second straight month.

The jobless level for adult women fell to 4.3 percent from 4.9 percent a year ago. Unemployment for women ages 35 to 44 dropped a full point over the past 12 months to 3.5 percent. The rate also fell solidly for women between ages 25 and 34.

The overall unemployment rate stayed the same because more than 400,000 people began looking for work in July and some didn't immediately find it despite solid job gains for a second straight month.

A greater proportion of adults now either have a job or are looking for one, a positive sign that the economy continues to heal seven years into its recovery from the Great Recession.

Not all groups benefited last month. The jobless rate increased for adult men, Asians and people over 55 last month.

But summer jobs meant that the unemployment rate dipped for teenagers, and fewer African Americans were unemployed.

The data for various demographic groups came from a survey of households that is part of the government's monthly jobs report. A separate survey of payrolls found that 255,000 jobs were added last month.

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