While White Unemployment Rate Dips, Black Unemployment Hits 27-Year High

Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Job-seekers in Detroit (AP Photo: Paul Sancya)
Black Americans continue to have a tougher time finding work than white Americans, according to the latest job figures from the U.S. government.
While the unemployment rate for whites dipped a little in August (to about 8%), the rate for blacks went up to 16.7%, the highest level since 1984.
The situation is especially bad for black men, whose jobless rate is 19.1%. For black women it’s 14.5%.
Black unemployment has been above 10% for four straight years. The rate for Latinos is 11.3%.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
Black Unemployment: Highest in 27 Years (b Annalyn Censky, CNN Money)


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