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Key Numbers Behind the April Jobs Report

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6. Whites
> April unemployment: 3.8%
> March unemployment: 3.9%
> Total unemployed: 4.8 million

The white unemployment rate ticked downward in each month so far this year, to 3.8% in April.

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7. Asians
> April unemployment: 3.2%
> March unemployment: 3.3%
> Total unemployed: 316,000

No demographic group tracked by the government has a lower unemployment rate than Asians.

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8. Young workers (16 to 19 years)
> April unemployment: 14.7%
> March unemployment: 13.7%
> Total unemployed: 881,000

While typically more mobile, young workers continue to have among the higher jobless rates. In April, 14.7% of Americans ages 16 to 19 were unemployed.

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9. Underemployed
> April unemployment: 8.6%
> March unemployment: 8.9%
> Total underemployed: N/A

The underemployment rate is an important alternative measure of the U.S. labor force. The measure counts unemployed individuals who have given up looking for work, part-time workers who would prefer full-time jobs, and other dissatisfied workers.

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10. College graduates
> April unemployment: 2.4%
> March unemployment: 2.5%
> Total unemployed: 1.4 million

College graduates continue to report lower jobless rates and higher incomes compared to labor force participants with less education.

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