Black Unemployment Rate Declines, But Racial Disparities Persist


An assembly line worker uncrates an LG battery at the General Motors Orion Assembly, Thursday, June 15, 2023, in Lake Orion, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
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(AURN News) – The Black unemployment rate in the United States decreased to 5.6 percent according to the latest jobs report from the Department of Labor, marking a decline after an uptick the previous month. In April of last year, it was 4.8 percent. However, significant racial disparities remain, with Black Americans continuing to face the highest unemployment rate among all racial groups. 

The economy added 175,000 nonfarm jobs in April, the lowest monthly gain since October 2022 when 165,000 jobs were added. The national unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.9 percent, remaining within the range of 3.7 to 3.9 percent seen since August of last year.

Compared to the 5.6 percent unemployment rate for Black Americans, the rates for other racial groups were lower: 2.8 percent for Asians, 3.5 percent for Whites, and 4.8 percent for Hispanics. The new data also highlights a slowdown in job growth, with the average monthly job gains over the past year standing at 242,000, significantly higher than April’s figure. The healthcare industry remained a bright spot, leading job gains for the month.

This slowdown in job growth will be closely watched by the Federal Reserve as it continues to navigate its battle against inflation and considers future moves regarding interest rates. A notable economic slowdown could influence the central bank’s policy decisions. 

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