Unemployment Rises for African Americans and Women

(CNSNews.com and staff reports) – 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. December employment typically rises – though temporarily — due to Christmas season hiring.

Unemployment for women rose from 7.0 percent to 7.3 percent in December.

Unemployment for African-Americans rose sharply from 13.2 percent in November to 14.0 percent in December.

Unemployment among African Americans has remained quite high throughout the Obama years.

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.

The number of employed African Americans fell from nearly 16 million to 15.8 million in December.

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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