Unemployment Rate for Women and Men of Color Remains Higher Than for White Women and Men

Institute for Women's Policy Research

September 10, 2015
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According to the September employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Black women and men have the highest levels of unemployment, while whites have the lowest. In April 2009 unemployment peaked at 18.3 percent for Black men and remains high at 9.2 percent in August 2015. Black women fared somewhat better compared with Black men in the early recovery, but their unemployment rates have fallen more slowly than Black men’s and they are separated by slightly more
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than one percentage point in the most recent employment data, 8.1 percent for Black women and 9.2 percent for Black men.