- Associated Press - Friday, April 5, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) - The path of unemployment rates in March diverged along education levels.

For people without high school diplomas, unemployment jumped to 5.9%, the highest level in five months. By contrast, the jobless rate for college graduates fell to 2%, the lowest point in five months.

The unemployment rate for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan fell to 3.1% from 3.4% in February.

The Labor Department said Friday that employers added a solid 196,000 jobs in March. The overall unemployment rate held steady at 3.8%.

The data for 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) March 2019 February 2019 March 2018
White 3.4 3.3 3.6
Black 6.7 7.0 6.8
Asian 3.1 3.1 3.1
Hispanic or Latino ethnicity* 4.7 4.3 5.1
Adult men 3.6 3.5 3.7
Adult women 3.3 3.4 3.6
Teenagers 12.8 13.4 13.4
20-24 years old 7.2 7.2 6.7
25-54 years old 3.2 3.2 3.4
55 and over 2.7 2.7 3.2
Veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan* 3.1 3.4 5.0
No high school diploma 5.9 5.3 5.6
High school graduate 3.7 3.8 4.3
Some college 3.4 3.2 3.5
College graduate 2.0 2.2 2.2
Duration of Unemployment:
Average length (weeks) 22.2 21.7 24.2
Jobless 6 months or more (pct.) 21.1 20.4 20.6
*Includes all races
Source: Labor Department

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