Black Unemployment Rate Dropped in July

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17:  People attend a jobs fair at the Bronx Public Library on September 17, 2014 in the Bronx Borough of New York City. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate fell to 6.2% as of June, 2014, though the Bronx borough is still suffering through 10.8% unemployment.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Black Unemployment Rate Dropped in July

The Black unemployment rate dropped in July. The jobless rate for African-Americans was 9.1 percent.

Published August 7, 2015

The latest figures released by the U.S. Department of Labor shows that the African-American unemployment rate decreased to 9.1 percent in July from 9.5 percent in June.

This remains almost double the national rate of unemployment in July, which was 5.3 percent. 

There were 215,000 jobs added to the labor market in July, mostly in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality and health care industries.

For Black men over the age of 20, the unemployment rate dropped to 8.8 percent from 9.5 percent. For Black women of the same age, the unemployment rate rose slightly from 7.9 to 8.0 percent over the past month. 

For Black youth specifically, ages 16 to 19, the jobless rate decreased from 31.8 percent to 28.7 percent. 

Wages also increased on average for workers, with payrolls adding .05 cents per hour last month.

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Written by Natelege Whaley


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