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Jobless rates fall for black Americans, adult men

WASHINGTON (AP) – Black Americans, adult men and those with just a high school diploma made notable gains in the job market in November.

The jobless rate for black Americans fell to 5.9 percent, matching a record low hit earlier this year. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for adult men came in at 3.3 percent. That’s the lowest level since October 2000.

With the jobless rate so low, employers have complained this year about the difficulty of finding workers to fill jobs. That’s helping those with lower education levels. The jobless rate for those with only a high school diploma fell to 3.5 percent, the lowest level since December 2000.

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

Unemployment rate by group: (%)

Nov. Oct. Nov.

2018 2018 2017

White 3.4 3.3 3.7

Black 5.9 6.2 7.2

Asian 2.7 3.2 3.0

Hispanic or Latino ethnicity* 4.5 4.4 4.8

Adult men 3.3 3.5 3.7

Adult women 3.4 3.4 3.6

Teenagers 12.0 11.9 15.9

20-24 years old 6.5 6.8 7.1

25-54 years old 3.1 3.1 3.4

55 and over 2.9 2.8 3.1

Iraq/Afghanistan veterans* 3.4 3.1 4.6

No high school diploma 5.6 6.0 5.2

High school graduate 3.5 4.0 4.3

Some college 3.1 3.0 3.6

College graduate 2.2 2.0 2.1

Duration of unemployment:

Average length (weeks) 21.7 22.5 25.2

Jobless 6 months or more (%)

20.8 22.5 23.9

*Includes all races

Source: Labor Department

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