Americans nationwide felt the strain of rising unemployment last month, as nearly al age, race and ethnic demographics reported increased joblessness. However, African-American workers have a far higher unemployment rate than other groups, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, it seems the gap is growing, with Black unemployment reaching a staggering 16.3 percent in August.

White workers faced a small jobless rate increase from 8.6 to 8.7 percent and the Hispanic unemployment continued to hover around 12 percent. Nationwide, 14.9 million Americans were unemployed in August.