Black Unemployment at 8.1%

Black Unemployment at 8.1%


White: 4.2%
Asian: 3%
Hispanic: 5.7%
Black: 8.1%

The November unemployment numbers were released this morning. The Black unemployment is 8.1 percent.

It’s been a long road for Black unemployment during the Obama Administration. In 2011, Black unemployment was a shocking 16.3% and it is now half that number.

In July 2014, the Black unemployment rate was 10.7 percent.  The stat has come a long way since it was 16.7 percent in September 2011.  Back in September 2011, as the Black Caucus went on a five city jobs tour, the Black unemployment number was 16.7 percent.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
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