*There was mixed economic news from the Labor Department this past Friday.

The agency’s monthly report showed that businesses had created 290,000 new jobs in April but the unemployment rate for African Americans remained stuck at an usually high 16.5 percent – the same as it was in March.

Thus, while employers were creating nearly 300,000 new jobs, an even larger number of people were re-entering the labor market seeking work. The net result was that the unemployment rate rose from 9.7 percent in March to 9.9 percent last month.

As indicated, the Black jobless rate remained stuck at 16.5 percent while that for whites rose slightly from 8.8 percent in March to 9.0 percent in April.

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for Hispanics improved slightly going from 12.6 percent in March to 12.5 percent last month. (Taylor Media Services – www.blacknewsjournal.net)