Black Employment at Record High: 19,481,000

Michael W. Chapman | August 2, 2019 | 9:04am EDT
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( -- The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today that the employment level for black Americans, age 16 and over, seasonally adjusted, was at a record level in July of 19,481,000 employed.

That is the highest number recorded by the BLS since it started tallying the data in 1972. In June, the number was 19,199,000. 

In related news, the employment numbers for July show that the national unemployment rate held at 3.7% and the unemployment rate for blacks held at 6.0%, which is closest to the near-record low of 5.9%, from May 2018.

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The black unemployment rate is showing some of the lowest percentages since the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) started to collect data in 1972. 

The black unemployment rate -- seasonally adjusted, 16 years and over -- in previous months was: June 2019, 6.0%; May, 2019, 6.2%; April 2019, 6.7%; and March 2019, 6.7%. 

In related numbers, the BLS reported, "Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for Asians increased to 2.8 percent in July. The jobless rates for adult men (3.4 percent), adult women (3.4 percent), teenagers (12.8 percent), Whites (3.3 percent), Blacks (6.0 percent), and Hispanics (4.5 percent) showed little or no change over the month."

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