Black and Hispanic Unemployment Still Far Higher than Whites in Many States
Donald Trump often points to the unemployment rate for African Americans and Hispanics as measures of what he is doing to help these communities. While the rates are the lowest they've been in decades -- a trend many economists argue began under President Barack Obama -- a new analysis of third-quarter unemployment by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) shows that the unemployment rates among Blacks and Latinos are still high versus the unemployment rate for whites. EPI found that the largest gap between Black and white unemployment was in the nation’s capital -- 12.4% -- a rate more than six times the white rate. DC has had the highest Black unemployment rate during the previous eight quarters. After DC, the highest African American unemployment rate was in Illinois (9.3%), Louisiana (8.5%), Alabama (7.1%), and New York (7%). Overall, 12 states and DC have a Black unemployment rate that is at least twice the rate for white workers. The largest gap between Hispanic and white unemployment was in Nebraska, where the 5.9% for Hispanics is three times the white rate, followed by Connecticut (5.7%) and Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Washington, where the rate is 5.6%. However, the Hispanic unemployment rate was lower than the white unemployment rate in Colorado, 2.3% versus 2.9%, and in Georgia, 2.8% versus 3%. Nationally, in the third quarter of 2018, African American workers had the highest unemployment rate nationally (6.3%), followed by Hispanics (4.5%), whites (3.2%), and Asian American workers (3.0%). More here.