9.4%: Black Unemployment More Than Double White Unemployment

Michael W. Chapman | December 4, 2015 | 11:00am EST
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(CNSNews.com) – Data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that the unemployment rate for blacks in November was more than double the rate for whites, and was also much higher than Asian and Latino unemployment.

The rate of white unemployment nationwide in November was 4.3%, slightly down from the 4.4% in October.  (That’s seasonally adjusted, workers age 16 and over.)

However, the rate of unemployment for black workers ages 16 and older was 9.4% in November, up from the 9.2% rate in October.

9.4% is more than double 4.3%.

For Asian workers 16 years and over, the rate of unemployment in November was 3.9%, slightly up from 3.5% in October, but still lower than white unemployment and far lower than black unemployment.

For Hispanic or Latino workers age 16 and over, the unemployment rate in November was 6.4%, which is slightly higher than the 6.3% in October, and it is lower than the black unemployment rate.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau,  white Americans make up 77.4% of the population; blacks, 13.2%; Asian, 5.4%; and Hispanic or Latino, 17.4%.

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