Unemployment Rate Differences between Black and White Americans

A recent Pew Research Center report in FacTank, analyst, Drew DeSilver, said that since 1954, the unemployment rate of Black Americans has consistently been twice that of White Americans. The report is based on data taken from the Labor Force Statistics, a part of the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly survey of 4,500 scientifically selected American households. The data are collected for the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics by the U.S. Census Bureau

 In 1954, the unemployment rate for Black Americans was 1.98 times that of White Americans while in 2013 the rate for Black Americans was exactly twice that of White Americans and in 1983, the rate for Black Americans was 2.32 times that of White Americans. Overall, the unemployment rate for Black Americans since 1954 is 2.2 times that of White Americans.

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Sue Hodge

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