African-American Unemployment Drops to 15.1 Percent

Overall jobless rate in February is 8.9 percent; 192,000 jobs were added.

Posted: 03/04/2011 11:04 AM EST

The jobless rate for African-Americans was 15.3 percent in February, the lowest it has been since September 2009, when it was 15.1 percent. The overall unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent.

“Today's numbers highlight steady, sustained and widespread job growth,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “The bottom line: The policies and programs of this administration are working.”

The economy added 192,000 jobs in February. While health care, transportation and the warehousing employment sectors added jobs, retailers cut positions. State and local governments, wrestling with budget shortfalls, slashed 30,000 jobs, the most since November. Federal government hiring was flat, writes the Associated Press.


Image: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson