Unemployment Rate for Blacks: 8.6%

By Michael W. Chapman | November 4, 2016 | 11:55am EDT



(CNSNews.com) -- Although the national unemployment rate in October was 4.9% for all workers, the unemployment rate for black Americans, who make up 13.3% of the population, was 8.6%.

White Americans, who comprise 77.1% of the population, had an October unemployment rate of 4.3%. The black unemployment rate is double that for white workers.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the national unemployment rate for "black or African American" workers, age "16 years and older," seasonally adjusted, was 8.6% in October, which is up from 8.3% in September and 8.1% in August. 

For comparison, the unemployment rate in October for Asian workers was 3.4%.  Asians make up 5.6% of the U.S. population, according to the Census Bureau

Hispanics or Latinos, who comprise 17.6% of the population, had an unemployment rate in October of 5.7%, according to the BLS. 

The unemployment rate for young adults, ages 16 to 19 years, was the worst:  15.6% in October. 

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