The latest jobs report reported an improvement for blacks but the unemployment rate remains in double digits and more than twice that of whites.
(CNSNews.com) – The numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for December 2014 show that while the national unemployment rate for whites is 4.8%, the national unemployment rate for blacks is more than double that, at 10.4%.
Blacks comprise 13.2% of the U.S. population and whites comprise 77.7% of the population, according to the Census Bureau.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for whites, age 16 and older, dropped slightly between November and December, said the BLS, from 4.9% to 4.8%.
For blacks, age 16 and older, the seasonally adjusted rate dropped slightly from 11.0% in November to 10.4% in December, reported the BLS
For Latinos, who comprise 17.1% of the U.S. population, the unemployment rate in December was 6.5%, down slightly form November’s rate of 6.6%.
The last time the national unemployment rate for blacks was below 10.4% was in July 2008, some six-and-a-half years ago.