Black Unemployment 8.8%, More Than Double White Unemployment, 4.3%

By Michael W. Chapman | February 5, 2016 | 10:56am EST

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( – Although the unemployment rate for white workers is at 4.3%, the unemployment rate for black workers is more than double that rate at 8.8%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

In addition, the unemployment rate for Asian workers (3.7%) and Hispanic workers (5.9%) is also lower than the black unemployment rate.

For January 2016, the BLS reported that the national unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted, was 4.9%, a rate that was last seen in February 2008.

The unemployment rate for whites, age 16 and older, seasonally adjusted, was 4.3%; for Asians, 16 and older, 3.7%; for Hispanics, 16 and older, 5.9%; and for blacks, age 16 and older, 8.8%.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, whites in the United States comprise 77.4% of the population; Hispanics comprise 17.4% of the population; blacks make up 13.2% of the population; and Asians comprise 5.4% of the population.

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