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The employment-to-population ratio for blackĀ Americans climbed to 55.9% in October, the highest level in exactly seven years, the Bureau of Labor StatisticsĀ reported Friday.

It was up one-tenth of a percent, or 10 basis points,Ā from September. Here's the chart.

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The labor force participation rate measures the number of employed and unemployed individuals as a percent of their overall working-ageĀ population. Within the black workforce,Ā the participation rate for men rose by 10 basis points in October, while the rate forĀ women rose by 40 basis points.

The overall unemployment rate for black Americans was unchanged last month,Ā at 9.2%. It's more than doubleĀ the unemployment rate for whites, which stood at 4.4%. Both were unchanged from September.

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Among Hispanics, the unemployment rate dropped to an eight-year low of 6.3%.

HispanicĀ labor force participation rates and employment-to-population ratios climbed slightly from September.

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Analysts were extremelyĀ bullish on the overall jobs situation report issued by the BLS, which showed 271,000Ā payrolls added in October. That handily beat consensus analysts' predictions of 180,000. The unemployment rate also fell to 5.0% from 5.1%. Here's what University of Michigan economist Justin Wolfers Tweeted.

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