... the [unemployment] rate for African-Americans rose sharply
to 14.0 percent
from 13.2 percent in November.
Only 15.8 million African Americans were employed in December, down from nearly 16 million the month before.
In case you've forgotten, the BLS report for December 2007 (released January 4, 2008) showed an unemployment rate of 9 pct among "Blacks or African Americans" -- up from 8.4 pct a month earlier. But back then - in the good ol' Bush days - the general rate of unemployment was only 5 pct and there was no such category as "long-term unemployed."
We also enjoyed an employment-population ratio of 62.7 pct. That's down more than four points now, to 58.6.