Jobless rate for Hispanic Americans jumped in September

October 07, 2016 02:54 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The unemployment rate jumped in September for Hispanic and Latino Americans, who lost work and missed out on broader national jobs gains.

The jobless rate for people of Hispanic and Latino ethnicity climbed to 6.4 percent, the highest level since November. It had stood at 5.6 percent in August.

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At the same time, unemployment rates held steady for whites, ticked up for black Americans and fell for Asian Americans.

Americans without high school diplomas lost ground in the job market. Their unemployment rate rose to 8.5 percent, the highest level since May 2015.

Overall, U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in September. The overall unemployment rate ticked up to 5 percent from 4.9 percent in August.

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)September 2016August 2016September 2015
Hispanic or Latino ethnicity**
Adult men4.74.54.7
Adult women4.44.54.5
20-24 years old8.18.19.2
25-54 years old4.34.34.2
55 and over3.63.53.8
Veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan*
No high school diploma8.57.27.7
High school graduate5.25.15.3
Some college4.24.34.3
College graduate2.52.72.5
Duration of Unemployment:
Average length (weeks)27.527.626.3
Jobless 6 months or more (pct.)24.926.126.6
*Not seasonally adjusted
**Includes all races
Source: Labor Department


By The Associated Press

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