Black Unemployment Rate Lowest in 45 Years

By Michael W. Chapman | January 5, 2018 | 11:20 AM EST


( -- According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the national unemployment rate for black workers, 16 years and over, was 6.8% in December, making it the lowest unemployment rate for blacks since 1972 -- 45 years ago. 

It may be the lowest rate for an even longer period of time as the BLS numbers only go back to January 1972, when the national unemployment rate for black workers was 11.2%.

In other words, black unemployment in the United States is probably the lowest it has been in 50 years, half a century.

Here are the data by month and year from the BLS:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics. 





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Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman