The U.S. unemployment rate crept up to 7.6 percent in May from 7.5 percent the previous month, the Department of Labor said Friday.
Total non-farm employment rose by 175,000 jobs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said, reporting that both the number of unemployed people, at 11.8 million, and the unemployment rate were essentially unchanged in May from April.
Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates showed little or no change for adult men, 7.2 percent; adult women, 6.5 percent; teens, 24.5 percent; whites, 6.7 percent; blacks, 13.5 percent; and Hispanics, 9.1 percent.
The BLS said the number of long-term unemployed -- those jobless for 27 weeks or more -- was unchanged at 4.4 million and accounted for 37.3 percent of the unemployed.
In May, the number of people employed part time for economic reasons was unchanged at 7.9 million, the Labor Department said.
About 2.2 million people were marginally attached to the labor force, down from 2.4 million a year earlier. They were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the four weeks before the survey, the BLS said.
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