Number of the Day Shows Black Unemployment Rate Lags

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That was the U.S. unemployment rate for Black and African-American workers in October—the highest among the major racial groups and the only one still in double digits nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic. 

While the total unemployment rate fell to a better-than-expected 6.9% in October, unemployment among communities of color remains higher, with the rate for Black and African-Americans dropping from 12.1% in September to 10.8% in October, the government said Friday.

In fact, one left-leaning think tank, the Economic Policy Institute, noted Black and African-American unemployment is still higher than total unemployment ever was in the Great Recession, when it peaked at 10% in October 2009. (Black and African-American unemployment was as high as 16.8% in both the Great Recession and the current pandemic-triggered recession.)

Article Sources

  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. "Employment Situation Summary." Accessed Nov. 6, 2020.