The economy shed a net total of 95,000 jobs last month, as weak hiring by private employers wasn't enough to offset widespread government layoffs. The unemployment rate, which is calculated from a different survey, held at 9.6 percent. With the economy likely to remain weak for the rest of this year, many economists expect the rate to climb in the coming months and potentially top 10 percent next year.
The jobs crisis is affecting some people more than others. Here's how it breaks down among different groups, along with other details from the government's report: