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Despite Slight Unemployment Increase, Latino Rate Stays Same

Though the national unemployment rate increased slightly, Latino unemployment numbers remained the same for July.
Image: Economy Adds 209,000 Jobs In July
Raisa Alvarez (L) helps Ana Celeste Reynoso as Maria Tutiven (2nd R) helps Idali Valasquez as they look for job opportunities on the computers at CareerSource Florida on August 1, 2014 in Miami, Florida. The Labor Department announced that U.S. employers added 209,000 new jobs in July and that the unemployment rate edged up to 6.2 percent as more workers joined the labor force. Latino unemployment remained steady at 7.8 percent. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

U.S. employment increased by 209,000 workers in July, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The national unemployment rate increased slightly to 6.2 percent and Latino unemployment remained at 7.8 percent, according to figures released by the National Council Of La Raza (NCLR).

There are currently 23.3 million Latinos over the age of 16 who are employed, and 2 million who are unemployed and seeking work. Latinos' labor force participation rate is 65.9 percent, and the employment-population ratio - which is the number of Latinos over the age of 16 that are working - is 60.7 percent.