The Associated Press
U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs in October while hiring in August and September was stronger than first thought. At the same time, the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent, as more people started looking for work but not all found jobs.
The stepped-up hiring has affected different groups in different ways. Here are some details from the government's report: Unemployment rates for:Oct. 2012Sept. 2012Oct. 2011White7 %7 %8 %Black14.313.415Hispanic109.911.4Asian*126.96.36.199Adult men188.8.131.52Adult women7.277.9Teenagers23.723.72420-24 years old13.212.413.925-54 years old6.96.8855 and over5.85.97Veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan*109.712.1No high school diploma12.211.313.8High school graduate184.108.40.206Some college220.127.116.11College graduates18.104.22.168Duration of unemploymentAverage length (weeks)40.239.839.2Jobless 6 mos. or more (pct.)40.640.142.2*not seasonally adjustedSource: Labor Department