Black Unemployment Still Low at 7.7%

By Michael W. Chapman | February 2, 2018 | 9:29 AM EST


( -- Although the black unemployment rate in December of 6.8% was the lowest ever recorded, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, the black unemployment rate of 7.7% in January was still among some of the lowest rates moving downward since last April.

As the numbers show, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate nationwide for black Americans, 16 years and over, was 7.7% in January 2018.

In April 2017 it was 7.9%; May, 7.6%; June, 7.1%; July, 7.4%; August, 7.6%; September, 7.0%; October, 7.3%; November, 7.2%; and December, 6.8%.

The national unemployment rate for all Americans nationwide in January 2018 was 4.1%, the same rate as it was in October, November and December 2017. Prior to that, the national unemployment rate was 4.1% in August 2000, nearly 18 years ago. 


The identity group with the lowest unemployment rate, 3.0% in January 2018, was Asians, 16 years and over. 

The national unemplyment rate for Hispanics in January was 5.0%. 




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