Unemployment rates among black teens in Arkansas is twice as high as any other ethnicity


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – THV11 looked into a national and local issue focused on unemployment among black teens. Arkansas is at record lows when it comes to unemployment in the state.

But, data from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services showed the jobless rate for black teenagers remains persistently high.

So, 11 Listens found out why and what’s being done to address the problem. Arkansas’ unemployment rate currently holds steady at 3.8 percent, a sign of stable growth. But when you look at the number of jobless teens ages 16-19, African Americans are significantly higher.

“It’s a scandalous situation and has been for quite some time,” said Greg Kaza, Arkansas Policy Foundation.

Kaza has studied the data for years. Right now, unemployment rates show 18 percent…

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