Black Unemployment Rate in March Up to 6.7%, Nearly Same as March 2019, 6.6%

By Michael W. Chapman | April 3, 2020 | 9:09am EDT
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( -- Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that the unemployment rate for Black Americans rose from 5.8% in February to 6.7% in March. The 6.7% rate is nearly identical to what the situation was in March 2019, with a 6.6% unemployment rate.

In March 2018, the national unemployment rate for Black workers (age 16 and older) was 6.8%.

Despite the terrible effects of the coronavirus and lack of up-to-the-minute employment data, the 6.7% unemployment rate for African Americans is still historically low, going all the way back to 1972.

Since January 1972, when the Black unemployment rate was 11.2%, the rate did not hit the low of 6.8% until March 2018. 

In other words, the Black unemployment rate in America was higher than 6.8% for 46 years.(BLS)

Black unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted, age 16 and older, January 1972 to March 2020. (BLS)

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