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Nonfarm payroll employment edged down (-95,000) in September, and the unem-
ployment rate was unchanged at 9.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Sta-
tistics reported today. Government employment declined (-159,000), reflec-
ting both a drop in the number of temporary jobs for Census 2010 and job
losses in local government. Private-sector payroll employment continued
to trend up modestly (+64,000).

Household Survey Data

The number of unemployed persons, at 14.8 million, was essentially un-
changed in September, and the unemployment rate held at 9.6 percent. (See
table A-1.)

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for adult men (9.8
percent), adult women (8.0 percent), teenagers (26.0 percent), whites
(8.7 percent),blacks (16.1 percent) , and Hispanics (12.4 percent) showed
little or no change in September. The jobless rate for Asians was 6.4
percent, not seasonally adjusted. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over),
at 6.1 million, was little changed over the month but was down by 640,000
since a series high of 6.8 million in May. In September, 41.7 percent
of unemployed persons had been jobless for 27 weeks or more. (See table

In September, both the civilian labor force participation rate, at 64.7
percent, and the employment-population ratio, at 58.5 percent, were un-
changed. (See table A-1.)

The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes
referred to as involuntary part-time workers) rose by 612,000 over the
month to 9.5 million. Over the past 2 months, the number of such workers
has increased by 943,000. These individuals were working part time be-
cause their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find
a full-time job. (See table A-8.)

About 2.5 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force
in September, up from 2.2 million a year earlier. (The data are not sea-
sonally adjusted.) These individuals were not in the labor force, wanted
and were available for work, and had looked for a job sometime in the
prior 12 months. They were not counted as unemployed because they had
not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey. (See table

Among the marginally attached, there were 1.2 million discouraged work-
ers in September, an increase of 503,000 from a year earlier. (The data
are not seasonally adjusted.) Discouraged workers are persons not cur-
rently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for
them. The remaining 1.3 million persons marginally attached to the labor
force had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey
for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities. (See
table A-16.)

Establishment Survey Data

Total nonfarm payroll employment edged down by 95,000 in September.
Government employment fell by 159,000, reflecting both the departure
of 77,000 temporary Census 2010 workers from federal government pay-
rolls and a decline of 76,000 in local government employment. Private-
sector payroll employment continued to trend up (+64,000) over the
month. (See table B-1.)

Health care employment rose by 24,000 in September. The increase was
concentrated in ambulatory health care services (+17,000). Health care
employment has risen by an average of 21,000 per month this year.

Within professional and business services, employment services added
28,000 jobs in September. Temporary help services accounted for most
of the gain.

Within leisure and hospitality, employment in food services and drink-
ing places increased by 34,000 over the month and has risen by 104,000
thus far in 2010.

Mining employment continued to trend up (+6,000) over the month. Mining
has added 77,000 jobs since a recent low in October 2009.

Employment in manufacturing changed little in September and, on net, has
been essentially flat since May. The industry added 134,000 jobs during
the first 5 months of the year.

Employment in wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and ware-
housing, information, and financial activities showed little change in

Employment in construction edged down (-21,000) over the month, partly
offsetting an employment gain in August. Both the August and September
changes were concentrated among nonresidential specialty trade contrac-
tors. Construction employment has shown little net change since February.

Government employment fell by 159,000 in September. A decline in federal
government employment was due to the loss of 77,000 temporary Census 2010
jobs. As of September, about 6,000 temporary decennial census workers re-
mained on the federal government payroll, down from a peak of 564,000 in
May. Employment in local government decreased by 76,000 in September with
job losses in both education and noneducation.

In September, the average workweek for all employees was unchanged at 34.2
hours. The manufacturing workweek for all employees decreased by 0.1 hour
to 40.1 hours, and factory overtime was unchanged at 3.0 hours. The aver-
age workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private non-
farm payrolls was unchanged at 33.5 hours. (See tables B-2 and B-7.)

Average hourly earnings of all employees on private nonfarm payrolls in-
creased by 1 cent to $22.67 in September. Over the past 12 months, aver-
age hourly earnings have increased by 1.7 percent. In September, average
hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employ-
ees increased by 1 cent to $19.10. (See tables B-3 and B-8.)

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for July was revised from
-54,000 to -66,000, and the change for August was revised from -54,000 to
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African-American unemployment dips, black teen joblessness nears 50 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A wave of government layoffs in September outpaced weak hiring in the private sector, pushing down U.S. payrolls by a net total of 95,000 jobs.
The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate held at 9.6 percent last month. The jobless rate has now topped 9.5 percent for 14 straight months, the longest stretch since the 1930s.
The private sector added 64,000 jobs, the weakest showing since June.
African-American unemployment rate dipped slightly from 16.3 to 16.1 percent, with black female unemployment moving from 13.2 to 12.6 percent . However, it rose for men age 20 and over and black teen unemployment jumped 4 points to nearly 50 percent .
Local governments cut 76,000 jobs last month, most of them in education. That's the largest cut by local governments in 28 years. And, 77,000 temporary census jobs ended in September.
Nearly 14.8 million people were unemployed last month. That's almost 100,000 fewer than in August.
The report is the final one before the November elections, which means members of Congress will face voters next month with a jobless rate near double digits.
The weak job market also makes it more likely that the Federal Reserve will take additional steps to boost the economy. Most economists expect the Fed to decide at its meeting next month to buy government debt in an effort to lower interest rates and spur more borrowing.
Employers, faced with slow sales and a weak economy, see little reason to add to their workforces. The economy expanded at a feeble 1.7 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter. Most analysts think the economy will fare little better for the rest of this year.
Since the recession ended in June 2009, the economy has grown 3 percent, according to economists at Deutsche Bank. That's less than half the average 6.5 percent pace in postwar recoveries.
I find the black teen unemployment rate shocking. I think many problems in the black community could be solved if we got our teens to work.

I don't think there's any doubt that the Black teen unemployment rate is striking!!!  

However ... I don't see the unemployment rate among them being as big of a problem of them not being sufficiently educated.  I believe we could do a better job of solving many of our community's problems if we can get our teens back in school, graduating, and then have them be better qualified for pursing better jobs or a higher level of education.
Sweetwuzzy, I didn't really want to say more until I got more information. I believe that the dropout rate correlates directly with the incarceration rate. How many black people are in jail? We have a 50% unemployment rate and nearly a 50% incarceration rate as a national average. That's a set up for failure. I think this ties into the miseducation of our children among other things. Like I said this should be news & be broadcast from every black news outlet available. I haven't heard many black organizations speak on this issue as it should be a major issue for black americans.
I am surprised the media doesn't report the teen unemployment. Although I understand why adult unemployment takes precedent.

I think the media should start reporting the differences in unemployment between men, women, whites, and minorities.

The asian community has a lower rate of unemployment than any group.

I wish they would report on the unemployment among native americans. I wouldn't be surprised if it exceed the black unemployment

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