Big Jump in Unemployment for Blacks According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the biggest change in employment over the last month affected black workers. In September, the unemployment rate for blacks was 13.4 percent. In October, that number jumped to 14.3 percent, an almost a full percentage point change, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment for whites remained steady at 7 percent. Likewise, the unemployment rate remain unchanged for teenagers (23.7 percent) and adult men (7.3 percent). For Asians the rate ticked up, from 4.8 percent tp 4.9 percent. Likewise for Hispanics, from 9.9 percent to 10 percent. The unemployment rate for adult women shifted up to 7.2 percent from 7.0 percent. And, of course, overall, the unemployment rate went up from 7.8 percent in September to 7.9 percent in October.