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African America’s August 2020 Jobs Report – 13.0%


African American Unemployment Rate %

OVERALL UNEMPLOYMENT: 8.4% (10.2%)

AFRICAN AMERICAN: 13.0% (14.6%)

LATINO AMERICAN: 10.5% (12.9%)

EUROPEAN AMERICAN: 7.3% (9.2%)

ASIAN AMERICAN: 10.7% (12.0%)

Previous month in parentheses.

Analysis: All groups saw drops in their unemployment rates, led by Latino America’s 240 basis point decrease. African Americans had second smallest decrease, with unemployment dropping 160 basis points.

AFRICAN AMERICAN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE BY GENDER & AGE

AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN: 13.2% (15.2%)

AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN: 12.0% (13.5%)

AFRICAN AMERICAN TEENAGE: 24.6% (22.5%)

 

AFRICAN AMERICAN PARTICIPATION BY GENDER & AGE

AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN: 65.9% (65.6%)

AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN: 60.2% (60.2%)

AFRICAN AMERICAN TEENAGE: 29.0% (29.4%)

Analysis: African American Men and Women saw declines in their unemployment rate, rates while African American Teenagers saw an uptick in their unemployment rate by 210 basis points. Participation rates for Men improved marginally, Women saw no improvement, and African American Teenagers saw a second straight month of decline with a 40 basis points decline in August.

African American Men-Women Job Gap: African American women currently have 898,000 more jobs than African American men in August. This is a decrease from 958,000 in July.

CONCLUSION: The overall economy added 1.371 million jobs in August. African America added 367,000 jobs in July or 26.8 percent of the overall jobs. From Yahoo Finance, “The US economy added back a greater than expected number of payrolls in August and the unemployment rate improved by a larger than anticipated margin, as employers continued to bring back workers as virus-related business disruptions abated. Still, the pace of payroll gains slowed relative to recent months. A rise in temporary hiring for the 2020 Census helped boost non-farm payrolls in August, with government jobs jumping by 344,000 month-on-month, including a gain of 238,000 directly due to Census hiring. But in the private sector, nearly ever major industry group in both services and manufacturing added payrolls on net as well.”

African America’s July 2020 Jobs Report – 14.6%


African American Unemployment Rate %

OVERALL UNEMPLOYMENT: 10.2% (11.1%)

AFRICAN AMERICAN: 14.6% (15.4%)

LATINO AMERICAN: 12.9% (14.5%)

EUROPEAN AMERICAN: 9.2% (10.1%)

ASIAN AMERICAN: 12.0% (13.8%)

Previous month in parentheses.

Analysis: All groups saw drops in their unemployment rates, led by Asian America’s 180 basis point decrease. African Americans had the smallest decrease, with unemployment dropping only 80 basis points.

AFRICAN AMERICAN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE BY GENDER & AGE

AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN: 15.2% (16.3%)

AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN: 13.5% (14.0%)

AFRICAN AMERICAN TEENAGE: 22.5% (23.2%)

 

AFRICAN AMERICAN PARTICIPATION BY GENDER & AGE

AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN: 65.6% (65.2%)

AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN: 60.2% (60.0%)

AFRICAN AMERICAN TEENAGE: 29.4% (30.4%)

Analysis: All groups saw declines in their unemployment rate, led by African American men who had a 110 basis point decline and women have the smallest decline of the three groups with only a 50 basis point decline. Participation rates for both men and women increased marginally, but African American Teenagers saw a 100 basis point decline.

African American Men-Women Job Gap: African American women currently have 958,000 more jobs than African American men in June. This is a decrease from 1,023,000 in June.

CONCLUSION: The overall economy added 1.763 million jobs in July. African America added 234,000 in July or 13.3 percent of the overall jobs. From Yahoo Finance, “The services sector again led non-farm payroll gains in July, after the services economy was cut deeply by shelter in place orders and business closures earlier on this year. The leisure and hospitality industry added back 592,000 jobs after gaining nearly 2 million in June, and retail trade jobs increased by 258,000 in July after a rise of more than 800,000 during the prior month. Within services, information-related industries were the only group to shed jobs on net in July, losing 15,000. Within the goods-producing sector, mining and logging jobs fell by 7,000. Government jobs rose by 301,000 in July, after an increase of 54,000 in June.”

African America’s May Jobs Report – 7.5%


Overall Unemployment: 4.3% (4.4%)

African America Unemployment: 7.5% (7.9%)

Latino America Unemployment: 5.2% (5.2%)

European America Unemployment: 3.7% (3.8%)

Asian America Unemployment: 3.6% (3.2%)

Previous month in parentheses.

Analysis: Overall unemployment dropped by 10 basis points to a 16 year low. African America dropped by 40 basis points, the largest drop among all groups. Asian America saw a 40 basis point increase, but remains lowest among all groups. European and Latino America had negligible change.

African American Male Unemployment: 6.5% (7.3%)

African American Female Unemployment: 7.0% (6.9%)

African American Teenage Unemployment: 27.3% (29.3%)

African American Male Participation: 67.5% (68.3%)

African American Female Participation: 62.9% (62.7%)

African American Teenage Participation: 31.3% (30.8%)

Analysis: African American Males had a 80 basis point drop in their unemployment and participation rate. This after three months straight of participation rate growth. African American Females had a slight uptick in unemployment and participation rates. Their participation rate has been virtually unchanged for the past five months. African American Teenagers had a 200 basis point decrease in unemployment rate and 30 basis point increase in their participation as they post a five month high in jobs.

African American Male-Female Job Gap: 1 038 000 jobs (974 000 jobs)

CONCLUSION: The overall economy added 138 000 jobs in May. This is versus an expected 185 000 by surveyed economists. African America saw an increase of 46 000 jobs, but quite a pullback after over 100 000 jobs in April. Despite strong numbers, many can not help but feel apprehensive about the economy’s sluggishness. An expected rate hike in June is still on the table, but it is less certain after two months straight of missed expectations. African America continues to push forward under the Trump administration with its highest employed numbers seeing an increase every month thus far. We know the economy is overdue for a recession, but it is by no means overheated leaving most economist in unfamiliar territory of just what happens going forward.

African America currently needs 717 000 jobs to match America’s unemployment rate. A increase of 4 000 from April.

 

African America’s January Jobs Report – 7.7%


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Overall Unemployment: 4.8% (4.7%)

African America Unemployment: 7.7% (7.8%)

Latino America Unemployment: 5.9% (5.9%)

European America Unemployment: 4.3% (4.3%)

Asian America Unemployment: 3.7% (2.6%)

Previous month in parentheses.

Analysis: Overall unemployment rose 10 basis points. African America was the only decline in unemployment rate with a decrease of 10 basis points. Asian America saw the largest increase with a rise of 110 basis points European and Latino America both went unchanged.

African American Male Unemployment: 7.6% (7.3%)

African American Female Unemployment: 6.7% (6.8%)

African American Teenage Unemployment: 26.9% (25.7%)

African American Male Participation: 68.1% (67.7%)

African American Female Participation: 62.6% (62.3%)

African American Teenage Participation: 30.4% (27.6%)

Analysis: African American men saw a 30 basis point increase in their unemployment and 40 basis point increase in their participation rate. African American women saw a 10 basis point decrease in their unemployment rate and 30 basis point increase in their participation rate. African American teenagers saw a 120 basis point increase in their unemployment rate and a 280 basis point increase in their participation rate.

CONCLUSION: The overall economy added 227 000 jobs in January. A noticeable difference from the 156 000 in December. African America added a sizzling 153 000 jobs in January to begin the year. The official last jobs report for the Obama administration and the first jobs report of the Trump administration. For the Trump administration, this jobs report could largely signal how the business community feels about the incoming presidency and the momentum since the election. It appears that yes, even African America feels optimistic. A real surprise if you take the pulse of social media, but social media can often be a contradictory bubble highlighting people’s social values and not necessarily their economic needs or perceptions. In all fairness, the inertia in the fundamentals of the economy are driving much of this and regardless of who was going to be president there appears to be a bit more room to run in economic growth. A fact that could lead to a record breaking 20 million African Americans going into the labor force if the trend holds up in February.

African America currently needs 662 000 jobs to match America’s unemployment rate. An increase of 43 000 jobs from December.

African America’s December Jobs Report – 7.8%


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Overall Unemployment: 4.7% (4.6%)

African America Unemployment: 7.8% (8.0%)

Latino America Unemployment: 5.9% (5.7%)

European America Unemployment: 4.3% (4.2%)

Asian America Unemployment: 2.6% (3.0%)

Previous month in parentheses.

Analysis: Overall unemployment rose 10 basis points to its lowest since August 2007. African and Asian America saw a decline in their unemployment rate, 20 and 40 basis points, respectively. European and Latino America saw increases of 10 and 20 basis points, respectively.

African American Male Unemployment: 7.6% (7.7%)

African American Female Unemployment: 6.8% (7.1%)

African American Teenage Unemployment: 25.7% (26.6%)

African American Male Participation: 67.7% (67.5%)

African American Female Participation: 62.3% (62.6%)

African American Teenage Participation: 27.6% (27.9%)

Analysis: African American men saw a 10 basis point decrease in their unemployment and 20 basis point increase in their participation rate. African American women saw a 30 basis point decrease in their unemployment rate and 30 basis point decrease in their participation rate. African American teenagers saw a 90 basis point decrease in their unemployment rate and a 30 basis point decrease in their participation rate.

CONCLUSION: The overall economy added 156 000 jobs in December. A noticeable difference from the 178 000 in November. African America added a marginal 30 000 jobs in December to end the year. The last jobs report of the Obama Administration shows an African America with some of its strongest employment numbers overall. However, African American teenagers continue to be a flash point of crisis and the African American participation rate remains 100 basis points below Asians and European America. A notable problem given the median income for African American being the lowest of all groups. Wages seem to be heating up across the board, which is a much needed sign for African America.

African America currently needs 619 000 jobs to match America’s unemployment rate. An increase of 114 000 jobs from November.