- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

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 2015October 2015November 2014
White4.34.44.9
Black9.49.211.0
Asian*3.93.54.7
Hispanic or Latino ethnicity**6.46.36.6
Adult men4.74.75.4
Adult women4.64.55.2
Teenagers15.715.917.5
20-24 years old9.69.410.9
25-54 years old4.34.44.8
55 and over3.73.44.7
Veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan*4.24.65.7
No high school diploma6.97.48.5
High school graduate5.45.25.6
Some college4.44.44.9
College graduate2.52.53.2
Duration of Unemployment:
Average length (weeks)28.028.033.0
Jobless 6 months or more (pct.)25.726.831.0
* Not seasonally adjusted
**Includes all races
Source: Labor Department
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