African America’s September Unemployment Report – 13.4%


Overall Unemployment: 7.8%

African America Unemployment: 13.4%

European America Unemployment: 7.0%

Asian America Unemployment: 4.8%

Analysis: Asian America had the largest decline in its unemployment rate dropping from 5.9% to 4.8% overall. African America had the next largest decline from 14.1% to 13.4% overall.

African American Male Unemployment: 14.2%

African American Female Unemployment: 10.9%

African American Teenage Unemployment: 36.7%

African American Male Participation: 67.0%

African American Female Participation: 62.0%

African American Teenage Participation: 29.0%

Analysis: All three subgroups saw declines in their unemployment rates in September. The men and women saw negligible declines as the teenage subgroup was the driving force behind the big decline in African America’s unemployment rate. As with the country as a whole part-time jobs make up the bulk of the reason for the decline in the unemployment rate carried primarily by the teenage subgroup. Participation rates for men and women both declined while the teenage subgroup saw a bounce back in participation to its July levels after a significant decline in August.

Conclusion: There is very little to get excited about looking at the numbers for African America. The unemployment rate is down but so is the participation rate for the men and women’s groups. The rebound of teenage participation, which is in constant crisis itself, for African America masked the participation drop of the adult declines. An unsettling thought when you realize they are also the lowest wage earners in an already vastly under earning African America.

Source: Department of Labor

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