WASHINGTON (AP) - Black Americans and high school graduates fared better in the U.S. job market in September, while those without high school diplomas and recent veterans lost ground.

WASHINGTON (AP) Black Americans and high school graduates fared better in the U.S. job market in September, while those without high school diplomas and recent veterans lost ground.

The unemployment rate for black Americans fell to 9.2 percent, close to a seven-year-low hit in July.

Despite the improvement, an employment gap by race remains stubbornly wide: The jobless rate for African-Americans is more than twice the rate for whites.

The rate for high school graduates declined to 5.2 percent from 5.5 percent in August. But the unemployment rate for those without high school diplomas rose to 7.9 percent from 7.7 percent.

For recent veterans, unemployment climbed to 5 percent from 4.7 percent in August.

Overall, U.S. employers added a weak 142,000 jobs last month. The national unemployment held steady at 5.1 percent.

The data for various demographic groups came from a survey of households that is part of the Labor Department's monthly jobs report.

Unemployment rate by group:(Numbers in percentages)September 2015August 2015September 2014White4.44.45.1Black9.29.511.0Asian*3.63.54.5Hispanic or Latino ethnicity**6.46.67.0Adult men4.74.75.3Adult women4.64.75.5Teenagers16.316.919.820-24 years old9.18.911.525-54 years old4.24.44.955 and over3.93.83.9Veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan*5.04.76.2No high school diploma7.97.78.3High school graduate5.25.55.3Some college4.34.45.4College graduate2.52.52.9Duration of Unemployment:Average length (weeks)26.328.431.8Jobless 6 months or more (pct.)26.627.731.9* Not seasonally adjusted**Includes all racesSource: Labor Department