Photo: Unemployment Rate Amongst Latinos
The Labor Department released “The Black Labor Force in the Recovery” on Monday, the latest report in a series examining the situations of women and minorities in the American economy since the recession that began in 2007. In 2010, the unemployment rate for blacks was 16 percent – significantly higher than those of both whites and Hispanics.
This group made up 12 percent of the U.S. labor force, with 18 million people, representing 62 percent of the black population, either employed or looking for work. Through a series of radio interviews, Secretary Solis discussed DOL’s commitment to improving the employment picture for black Americans. “We will continue to make sure that all communities have access to programs that would equip them with the skills they need to compete in the 21st century job market,” she said.
African-Americans or blacks made up 12 percent of the United States labor force in 2010.1 Overall, 18 million blacks were employed or looking for work, representing 62.2 percent of all black people.
In 2010, about half of blacks aged 16 and older had a job and 17.5 percent of those employed worked part-time.2 Blacks are the only racial or ethnic group where women represent a larger share of the employed than do men — more than half (54.3 percent) of employed blacks in 2010 were women, compared to 46.3 percent among employed whites. Employed black women still earn less than employed black men.
The average unemployment rate for blacks in 2010 was 16.0 percent, compared to 8.7 percent for whites, and 12.5 percent for Hispanics. Historically, blacks have persistently higher unemployment rates than the other major racial and ethnic groups and the recent recession and recovery period has largely reflected this pattern.
Nearly half (48.4 percent) of all unemployed blacks were unemployed 27 weeks or longer in 2010, compared to 41.9 percent of unemployed whites and 39.3 percent of unemployed Hispanics. Moreover, blacks remained unemployed longer than whites or Hispanics in 2010, with a median duration of unemployment approaching 26 weeks.