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Unemployment rate for black Americans at 7-year low

Updated at: 05/08/2015 2:22 PM
By The Associated Press

(AP) WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON (AP) — The unemployment rate for black Americans fell to single digits in April for the first time in nearly seven years. At the same time, the jobless rate among Asian-Americans rose for the first time in six months.

The black unemployment rate in April was 9.6 percent, the lowest level since June 2008. During the financial crisis and recession, the rate had risen as high as 16.8 percent.

Despite the latest improvement, the employment gap by race remains stubbornly wide. The jobless rate for blacks is more than twice that of whites.

Meanwhile, the Asian-American unemployment rate climbed to 4.4 percent from 3.2 percent in March. It was the first such increase since October.

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

Unemployment rate by group:
(Numbers in percentages)April 2015March 2015April 2014
White4.74.75.3
Black9.610.111.4
Asian*4.43.25.9
Adult men5.05.15.9
Adult women4.94.95.7
Teenagers17.117.519.1
20-24 years old9.610.410.6
25-54 years old4.64.55.3
55 and over4.03.94.6
Veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan*6.96.56.8
No high school diploma8.68.68.8
High school graduate5.45.36.3
Some college4.74.85.6
College graduate2.72.53.3
Duration of Unemployment:
Average length (weeks)30.830.734.8
Jobless 6 months of more (pct.)2929.835.1
* Not seasonally adjusted
Source: Labor Department

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