Black Unemployment: 8.1% -- National Unemployment: 4.6%

By Michael W. Chapman | December 2, 2016 | 1:35pm EST


( – Although the national unemployment rate is 4.6% -- the lowest it has been in nine years – the unemployment rate for black workers specifically is still high at 8.1%, for November 2016, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The unemployment rate for white workers, age 16 years and over, is 4.2%.

Whites comprise 77.1% of the population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  

Blacks comprise 13.3% of the U.S. population.

Asians, who make up 5.6% of the population, had an unemployment rate of 3.0% in November 2016, according to the BLS.

Hispanics, who comprise 17.6% of the population, had an unemployment rate of 5.7% in November.



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