Matt Cover, CNS News, January 4, 2013
Government unemployment numbers for December showed that while the general unemployment rate remained flat at 7.8 percent, unemployment for women and African-Americans rose despite an economy that created 155,000 jobs.
Unemployment for women rose to 7.3 percent in December from 7.0 percent while the rate for African-Americans rose sharply to 14.0 percent from 13.2 percent in November.
The number of employed African Americans actually fell in December — a month that typically sees a spike in job creation as employers add temporary positions to handle the holiday shopping season.
By contrast, the unemployment rate for Whites remained nearly a full point below the national average at 6.9 percent in December.