Unemployment among African Americans is more than twice as high as white unemployment and nearly twice as high as the national average, according to government data released Friday.

The disparity is even more dramatic among African American teens whose unemployment rate is five times the national average and nearly twice as high as their white counterparts.

According the Bureau of Labor Statistics during the month of October the unemployment rate among African Americans was 9.2 percent. Among white Americans, however, the unemployment rate was 4.4 percent.

Meanwhile, the national average was 5.0 percent. And unemployment among Asian Americans was 3.5 percent and 6.3 percent among Latinos.

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