Los Angeles and Washington — Friday's dismal job report included some bleak figures for black and Latino workers, which were harder hit by the economic recession and continue to struggle in regaining their footing in the labor market.
Black unemployment now stands at 13.6%, up from 13% the month before; for Latinos, the unemployment rate rose to 11% from 10.3% in April.
Employers added just 69,000 jobs last month, less than half of what analysts were predicting. Moreover, the Labor Department revised previous job gains for the prior two months. The unemployment rate rose by a notch to 8.2%.
Steven Pitts, a UC Berkeley economist who studies black unemployment, said the weak job growth will likely trigger fears of a slowdown and discourage those seeking work.