Unemployment Rises for Women, African-Americans in December

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.

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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.

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By contrast, the unemployment rate for Whites remained nearly a full point below the national average at 6.9 percent in December.

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