African Americans Twice as Likely to Be Unemployed in Many States


The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.9% last month, its lowest level since December 2000. That’s down from a recent peak of 10% in October 2009. That’s the good news.

The less-good news is that the decline through the end of the first quarter of this year has not been as great among African Americans and Hispanics as it was among whites. In the United States as a whole, African Americans are 2.2 times more likely to be unemployed than whites and Hispanics are 1.5 times more likely to be unemployed than are white Americans.

In the first quarter of 2018, African American workers had the highest unemployment rate nationally, at 7.2%, followed by Hispanic (5.1%), white (3.3%) and Asian workers (3%).

The report was issued Thursday by the Economic Policy Institute, based…

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