Jobless rate for Hispanic Americans jumped in September

Markets Associated Press

The unemployment rate jumped in September for Hispanic and Latino Americans, who lost work and missed out on broader national jobs gains.

Continue Reading Below

The jobless rate for people of Hispanic and Latino ethnicity climbed to 6.4 percent, the highest level since November. It had stood at 5.6 percent in August.

At the same time, unemployment rates held steady for whites, ticked up for black Americans and fell for Asian Americans.

Americans without high school diplomas lost ground in the job market. Their unemployment rate rose to 8.5 percent, the highest level since May 2015.

Overall, U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in September. The overall unemployment rate ticked up to 5 percent from 4.9 percent in August.

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

Continue Reading Below

Unemployment rate by group:
(Numbers in percentages) September 2016 August 2016 September 2015
White 4.4 4.4 4.4
Black 8.3 8.1 9.2
Asian 3.9 4.2 3.7
Hispanic or Latino ethnicity** 6.4 5.6 6.4
Adult men 4.7 4.5 4.7
Adult women 4.4 4.5 4.5
Teenagers 15.8 15.7 16.2
20-24 years old 8.1 8.1 9.2
25-54 years old 4.3 4.3 4.2
55 and over 3.6 3.5 3.8
Veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan* 4.4 4.7 5.0
No high school diploma 8.5 7.2 7.7
High school graduate 5.2 5.1 5.3
Some college 4.2 4.3 4.3
College graduate 2.5 2.7 2.5
Duration of Unemployment:
Average length (weeks) 27.5 27.6 26.3
Jobless 6 months or more (pct.) 24.9 26.1 26.6
*Not seasonally adjusted
**Includes all races
Source: Labor Department