National Unemployment Rate Remain Steady

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s latest employment report, America’s unemployment rate did not fluctuate in March, remaining steadfast at 9.7 percent. However, the country’s long-term unemployment numbers grew and more Latinos and African Americans faced joblessness.

According to the report’s finding, long-term unemployment—defined as being out of work for six months or more—was 16.5 percent among Black workers and 12.6 percent among Hispanic workers last month. Meanwhile, unemployment was 8.8 percent among White Americans. These numbers represent increases of 7.5, 6.3 and 4.4 percentage points, respectively.

In a statement, Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairwoman Barbara Lee said she was encouraged by the nation’s progress.

“Although the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.7 percent, today’s economic report was bolstered by the largest growth in jobs creation in three years—a clear sign that the nation’s economy is improving,” said Lee. “However, while these figures offer an optimistic outlook on the general direction of the overall national economy, the numbers are another reminder that the recovery continues to be uneven with some communities lagging behind.”

The congresswoman added that the increases in minority unemployment highlighted the need for more jobs.

“These numbers undergird the continued importance for legislation to directly create more jobs for unemployed Americans, particularly the chronically unemployed. Since launching [the CBC’s] jobs campaign a month ago, members of the Congressional Black Caucus have been laser focused on job creation and have partnered with the Obama Administration, leadership and members of Congress, and coalition partners to develop a strategy to strengthen our economy.