WASHINGTON (AP) — Recent veterans and Americans without high school diplomas gained some ground in the job market in November.
The unemployment rate for men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001 fell to 4.2 percent from 4.6 percent in October.
For workers on the lower end of the educational spectrum — those without high school diplomas — unemployment declined to 6.9 percent from 7.4 percent in October. But jobless rates ticked up for seniors and people in their early 20s.
Overall, U.S. employers added a robust 211,000 jobs last month. The national unemployment rate held steady at 5 percent.
The data for various demographic groups came from a survey of households that is part of the Labor Department's monthly jobs report.
|Unemployment rate by group:|
|(Numbers in percentages)||November 2015||October 2015||November 2014|
|Hispanic or Latino ethnicity**||6.4||6.3||6.6|
|20-24 years old||9.6||9.4||10.9|
|25-54 years old||4.3||4.4||4.8|
|55 and over||3.7||3.4||4.7|
|Veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan*||4.2||4.6||5.7|
|No high school diploma||6.9||7.4||8.5|
|High school graduate||5.4||5.2||5.6|
|Duration of Unemployment:|
|Average length (weeks)||28.0||28.0||33.0|
|Jobless 6 months or more (pct.)||25.7||26.8||31.0|
|* Not seasonally adjusted|
|**Includes all races|
|Source: Labor Department|