BLS: White Unemployment 3.9%, Black Unemployment 7.7%

By Michael W. Chapman | September 1, 2017 | 12:33pm EDT


( -- The unemployment rate for black workers in August was nearly double that of white workers, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 

As the numbers show, the overall, national unemployment rate in the United States in August was 4.4% for workers 16 years old and over.

However, the unemployment rate specifically for white workers, 16 years and over, was 3.9%, and the rate for black workers was 7.7%.

That rate, 7.7%, is nearly double that of the rate for white workers -- double 3.9% equals 7.8%.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, blacks make up 13.3% of the population and whites comprise 76.9% of the population.

Although blacks make up a much smaller percentage of the population than whites, they experience nearly double the unemployment rate.




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