• In June, the unemployment rate for women of all races (white, Black, and Hispanic) increased.
  • The unemployment rate for men in these categories fell last month.
  • Black Americans’ participation in the labor force decreased, while whites’ rate remained constant. Both Asian and Hispanic Americans saw this number increase.

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According to Department of Labor data released on Friday, the unemployment rate of women of white, Black, and Hispanic race groups increased in June, in line with overall trends.

In June, the unemployment rate for white women increased to 3.1% compared to 3.0% in May. Black women and Hispanics also saw their unemployment rate increase to 5.7%, up from 5.2%.

The trend in the unemployment rate was similar to that of the total population, which increased from 4.0% last month to 4.1% .

The unemployment rate for men fell in all three races. Hispanic males saw their rate drop from 4.7% to 4.2%, while white males saw it fall from 3.4% to 3.2%. Black men’s unemployment rates fell to 6.1%, down from 6.4%. However, they still have the highest rate of all demographic groups.

“We have seen many gains for women during this pandemic and in the recovery — a number of highs notable that they have experienced. Their employment on the labor market reached historic highs. We did see a softening in the employment of women, but that was accompanied with this increase for men,” said Elise Gould.

Gould pointed out that this increase in female unemployment coincided with a surge in jobs in the health care and social services sectors, which are not traditionally thought to be male-dominated.

The rate of unemployment for white workers remained at 3.5%. The number dropped to 4.9% for Hispanics from 5%, but rose to 6,3% for Black Americans from 6.1% and 4,1% for Asian Americans from 3.1%. It was not possible to separate the jobless rates of Asian workers by gender.

The labor force participation rate, which is the percentage of people who are either working or actively looking for work, increased to 62.6% in June from 62.5% the previous month.

The rate of black Americans fell from 62.9% to 62.7%. Comparatively, the rate of participation in the labor force for Hispanic and Asian workers rose from 65.3% to 67.5%.


Gabriel Cortes, CNBC’s Gabriel Cortes, contributed to this report.