US jobless rate edges up

The US unemployment rate rose to 4.7% in December from 4.6% previously, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics said today.

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (4.4%), adult women (4.3%), teenagers (14.7%), whites (4.3%), blacks (7.8%), Asians (2.6%), and Hispanics (5.9%) showed little change in December.