In April, the national black unemployment rate rose to 16.1 percent, an increase from 15.5 percent in March. For white workers, the rate is 8.0 percent.
The overall unemployment rate ticked up from 8.8 percent to 9.0 percent. Private sector employment increased by 244,000 jobs in April. McDonald's alone added 62,000 jobs to the payroll.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the number of long-term unemployed declined by 283,000 to 5.8 million; their share of unemployment declined to 43.4 percent.
Black male joblessness is more than twice that of white males, 17.0 percent compared to 7.9 percent.
Black female joblessness is nearly twice white female unemployment, 13.4 percent versus 7.0 percent.
There was a slight dip in black youth unemployment to 41.6 percent, from 42.1 percent. By contrast, white youth joblessness is 22.3 percent.
For more info, check out the Center for Labor Research and Education's Data Brief: Black Employment and Unemployment in April 2011.