The jobless rate overall saw a drop, from 6.7% to 6.3%, standing as the lowest rate since before the recession of 2008. However, the labor force participation rate was at 62.8%, down from 63.2% in March.
Though the overall jobless numbers have declined and jobs have been added, African-American employment continues to pose a major challenge.
Black unemployment dropped from 12.4% to 11.6%, but is more than double the rate for white people (at 5.3%). Black women ages 20 and older trail close behind their male counterparts (at 10.4% compared with 10.8%.) In March, the gap was a bit wider, with the jobless rate for black women at 11% (compared with 12.1% for black men). The unemployment rate for black teenagers of both sexes is also at an alarming number at 38.6% (reflecting a rise from March and a large gap when compared with white counterparts, whose rate is 15.9%, a drop from the previous month).