WASHINGTON (AP) — The September unemployment rate for Hispanic and Latino Americans fell for a second straight month to 3.9%, the lowest level since record-keeping began in 1972. The improvement in the category, which includes all races, stemmed from more people seeking and finding jobs.
The jobless rate for white Americans also dropped to a 50-year-low of 3.2% from 3.4% in August. It was the lowest level since a 3% figure in 1969.
Less educated Americans benefited from the still-solid job market in September. The unemployment rate for workers without a high school diploma fell to 4.8% from 5.4% in August. It marked the lowest level on records since 1992.
The Labor Department said Friday that all told, employers added a modest 136,000 jobs in September. The overall unemployment rate fell to a 50-year low of 3.5% from 3.7% in August.
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)||September 2019 August 2019 September 2018|
|Hispanic or Latino ethnicity*||3.9||4.2||4.5|
|20-24 years old||6.3||7.0||6.9|
|25-54 years old||3.0||3.1||3.1|
|55 and over||2.4||2.6||2.8|
|Veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan*||4.5||3.5||3.9|
|No high school diploma||4.8||5.4||5.6|
|High school graduate||3.6||3.6||3.7|
|Duration of Unemployment:|
|Average length (weeks)||22.0||22.1||24.1|
|Jobless 6 months or more (pct.)||22.7||20.6||22.8|
|*Includes all races|
|Source: Labor Department|