The Land of Lincoln is the land of the nation’s highest black unemployment rate

Illinois has a black unemployment rate of 9.3 percent, the highest among 22 states, the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank published in an October 30th report titled “Black unemployment is at least twice as high as white unemployment  at the national level and in 22 states and D.C..”  The 22 states are ones in which EPI has been able to obtain data concerning black unemployment.

The unemployment ratio in Illinois between blacks and whites was ( 3.0-to-1) compared with Louisiana (2.8-to-1), which has the second highest black unemployment rate among 22 states that can be measured during the previous eight quarters. The unemployment rate for African Americans was the lowest in Massachusetts and Virginia at 3.8 percent.

The effect of the high unemployment rate is that more people are leaving the state. The U.S. Census reported that Illinois has seen its population decline for five consecutive years, losing 45,116 residents in 2018. Illinois is the nation’s sixth-largest state based on population with 12, 741, 080 residents.

Leading the exodus to different states are black residents. Between 2014 and 2015, more than 9,000 black residents left Cook County, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Illinois license plates are printed with  “Land of Lincoln” to honor Abraham Lincoln, the nation’s 16th president, who lived there.


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