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In December, the unemployment rate was 4.1 percent for the third consecutive month. "Black unemployment peaked at 16.8 percent in March 2010, well above the peaks for other demographics".

Employment rose almost 2.1 million last year, slightly slower than 2016, President Barack Obama's final year in office.

In January 2017, there were 18,436,000 employed black Americans over the age of 16.

The employment-population ratio was unchanged at 60.1 percent in December but was up by 0.3 percentage point over the year.

Manufacturing, an industry that President Trump has sought to boost, added nearly 200,000 jobs past year, a turnaround from 2016, when it lost jobs.

With the data for December now in, US job growth fell in 2017, to 2.1 million from 2.2 million in 2016. All categories of part-time employment rose in December, but the biggest gainer was part time for slack work or business conditions (102K). In December, the unemployment rate dropped to 5.7 per cent, down from 5.9 per cent the month before, to reach its lowest mark since comparable data became available in 1976. Temporary help employment was up 4.6% y/y, with monthly job gains averaging approximately 11,300 over the past 12 months. While the largest three industries in terms of employment gains past year were professional services (excluding temporary help), health and social assistance and leisure and hospitality, employment growth in 2017 was also driven by a turnaround in mining and accelerated gains in manufacturing.

Several analysts said Friday's solid labour report might be enough to encourage Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz to introduce another interest-rate hike later this month. Together, those months' gains are now 9,000 less than had been previously reported.

Among core-aged workers, those between the ages of 25 and 54, employment increased 1.6 per cent previous year.

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BLS Revisions- The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for October was revised from +244,000 to +211,000, and the change for November was revised from +228,000 to +252,000.

That may force employers to raise wages to attract workers.