Updated at: 06/03/2016 2:21 PM
By The Associated Press
(AP) WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON (AP) â€” Unemployment rates for most demographic groups fell in May. But that's not necessarily good news.
The latest U.S. jobs report revealed stark educational disparities.
The jobless rate for those without high school diplomas fell 4 percentage points from April, mainly because so many stopped looking for a job and were no longer counted as unemployed. This group's labor force participation â€” the proportion who are either working or actively looking for work â€” fell to 44.5 percent from 46.1 percent in April.
Employment among high school and college graduates, on the other hand, held steady or improved. The unemployment rate for workers with at least a bachelor's degree was 2.4 percent, and their participation rate was 74.3 percent. Both were unchanged from April.
Overall, U.S. employers added a paltry 38,000 jobs last month. The overall unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 percent, driven by nearly a half-million jobless Americans who gave up on their searches.
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)||May 2016||April 2016||May 2015|
|Hispanic or Latino ethnicity**||5.6||6.1||6.7|
|20-24 years old||8.3||8.8||10.1|
|25-54 years old||4.0||4.2||5.0|
|55 and over||3.6||3.8||3.9|
|Veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan*||4.0||4.1||5.4|
|No high school diploma||7.1||7.5||8.5|
|High school graduate||5.1||5.4||5.7|
|Duration of Unemployment:|
|Average length (weeks)||26.7||27.7||30.5|
|Jobless 6 months or more (pct.)||25.1||25.7||28.7|
|* Not seasonally adjusted|
|**Includes all races|
|Source: Labor Department|
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