Black Unemployment 94% Higher Than White Americans

Creator: Lucas Jackson | Credit: REUTERS

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MAY 2022. The key statistic was the economy added 390,000 jobs and unemployment was steady at 3.6% compared to the April numbers. The figures were considered modest compared to months since the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic battered the economy.

Several industries did very well. These included leisure and hospitality and professional and business services.

One group posted figures much worse than the national number. Unemployment among Blacks was 6.2%. This was 94% above the number for White Americans, which was 3.2%. Among other major demographic groups, the figure for adult males was 3.4%, which was the same as the number for women. Among Asians, the number was 2.4%. Among Hispanics, the figure was 4.3%.

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SOURCE: 24/7 Wall Street, Douglas A. McIntyre

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