Black Unemployment Remains Higher than Pre-Recession Levels in 28 States

Unemployment for blacks has not improved very much.

Unemployment for blacks has not improved very much.

Black unemployment remains higher than pre-recession levels in 28 states although the jobless rates for whites, Hispanics and Asians have fallen to just above their pre-recession levels, the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, recently reported.

“While the national white and Hispanic unemployment rates were each within 1 percentage point or their pre-recession levels in the fourth quarter of 2014, the national black unemployment rate was 2.4 percentage points higher than when the recession began,” said EPI economist Valerie Wilson.

Last year, the black unemployment rate was highest in Wisconsin (19.9%), Nevada (16.1%), Michigan (15.8%) and the District of Columbia (15.7%), Wilson said.

Black unemployment significantly declined in 15 states and African Americans have returned to pre-recession unemployment rates in just two states, Connecticut and South Carolina.

In 2014’s fourth quarter, the unemployment rate for whites was 4.5%, 6.7% for Hispanics and 11% for blacks and 4.4% for Asians, EPI reported.

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