Unemployment rates for all minority groups fell for the first time in four months, a sign that people of color, who have higher unemployment levels than whites, are finding work in the highly competitive job market in a still-uneven economy.
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Overall, the unemployment rate declined by 0.3 percentage points to 7.8 percent in September, the lowest since President Obama took office in January 2009. Job growth continued modest improvement, with payrolls climbing by 114,000 people, following August's addition of 96,000 positions.
Asians, currently the nation's fastest-growing racial group, experienced the largest drop in unemployment rates, falling 1.1 percentage points to 4.8 percent.
Hispanics, which account for 16 percent of the U.S. workforce, were on par with the national average, declining 0.3 percentage points to 9.9 percent unemployment.
Comparatively, whites fell just 0.2 percent to 7 percent unemployment.
African-Americans still experience the highest rate of unemployment compared with other racial or ethnic groups, though their rate dropped by 0.7 percentage points to 13.4 percent in September. This is the first month since June that the jobless rate for blacks fell below 14 percent.