The FBI did not give a reason for a rise in reported hate crimes. In those findings, the organization determined more LGBTI people have died in hate-related homicides in 2017 so far than all of 2016.
According to the Huffington Post digital portal, these data show that for the first time in a decade the country experienced consecutive annual increases in the number of crimes of that nature.
Hate crimes in the United States rose moderately past year, with hate-motivated incidents against several target groups, including Arabs, Muslims and transgender people, showing sharper increases, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Anti-transgender hate crime jumped by 44 percent, anti-Arab incidents surged by 38 percent, anti-Muslim hate crime rose 19.5 percent, anti-white hate crime increased 17.5 percent, and anti-Latino hate-motivated incidents jumped by 15 percent.
Crimes were also committed against victims due to their religion or sexual orientation. There were 4,029 single-bias incidents that targeted "Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry" in 2015, compared to 4,229 in 2016.
The Anti-Defamation League noted that almost 90 cities with more than 100,000 residents either reported no hate crimes in 2016 or did not provide any data to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Crimes motivated by anti-Asian bias remained even.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the task force he appointed on crime reduction is exploring ways to revise training for police and prosecutors, and to improve data collection on hate crimes. The agency collects its data from participating law enforcement officials through the Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
An unrelated report released in February found the number of hate groups in the U.S.
"No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe or how they worship", he said. Hate incidents increased from 203 in 2015 to 285 in 2016.
Anti-Catholic crimes also increased by 9 incidents.
Crimes motivated by bias against sexual orientation accounted for 1,076 incidents reported.