Unemployment for Black and Hispanic women rose in February


Women walk past by a “Now Hiring” sign outside a store on August 16, 2021 in Arlington, Virginia.

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The unemployment rate for Black and Hispanic women rose in February, but so did the number of people looking for jobs.

The U.S. unemployment rate ticked up to 3.6% in February from 3.4% the prior month, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday. Women aged 20 and over in the labor force tracked that move, with the unemployment rate rising slightly to 3.2% from 3.1%.

The difference is more stark among Black and Hispanic women. Black women saw their unemployment rate jump to 5.1% from 4.7%. Among Hispanic women, it jumped to 4.8% from 4.4%.


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