Though the unemployment rate for white Americans was 12.4% in May, it was 17.6% for Hispanics and 16.8% for African Americans.
Other evidence has also shown that the job market meltdown triggered by the coronavirus has bottomed out. The number of people applying for unemployment benefits has declined for nine consecutive weeks.
And the total number of people receiving such aid has essentially leveled off.
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New unemployment numbers released Thursday morning by the U.S. Department of Labor show more than 1.8 million Americans joined the ranks of the unemployed during the last week.
While more than 41 million workers have filed jobless claims since the coronavirus pandemic began impacting the U.S. economy, the number of weekly jobless has declined the last several weeks.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.