Unemployment for Women, Minorities Largely Unchanged

By Matt Cover | March 8, 2013 | 8:55 AM EST

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(CNSNews.com) - Unemployment among women and minority groups remained largely unchanged in February despite an economy that added an estimated 236,000 jobs during the month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The unemployment rates for women (7.0 percent), African-Americans (13.8 percent), and Hispanics, (9.6 percent) all showed what BLS described as “little or no change” in February.

Overall, the economy added 236,000 jobs and the national unemployment rate declined from 7.9 percent to 7.7 percent.

The unemployment rate for African-Americans was literally unchanged from January to February, remaining at 13.8 percent. The rate for women declined slightly from 7.3 percent to 7.0 percent. The rate for Hispanics also declined slightly from 9.7 percent to 9.6 percent.

BLS reported that most categories of people saw little change in unemployment in February despite a jobs-growth figure that is the largest seen in several months.