Lower jobless rates for college grads and teenagers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in August for college graduates, teenagers, African-Americans and Asians.
But the jobless rate jumped for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from 3 percent in July to 3.9 percent last month.
The Labor Department said Friday that employers added a total of 201,000 jobs in August. The unemployment rate held at 3.9 percent for a second straight month.
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:|
|(Numbers in percentages)||August 2018||July 2018||August 2017|
|Hispanic or Latino ethnicity*||4.7||4.5||5.1|
|20-24 years old||6.8||6.9||7.2|
|25-54 years old||3.2||3.2||3.9|
|55 and over||3.1||3.1||3.2|
|Veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan*||3.9||3.0||4.2|
|No high school diploma||5.7||5.1||6.2|
|High school graduate||3.9||4.0||5.0|
|Duration of Unemployment:|
|Average length (weeks)||22.6||23.2||24.3|
|Jobless 6 months or more (pct.)||21.5||22.7||24.7|
|*Includes all races|
|Source: Labor Department|