Black Women Make Fast Post-COVID Economic Recovery


In this Aug. 24, 2018 photo, Alison Desir, with Harlem Run, Run 4 All Women, a collective of runners passionate about running, health, social welfare, women's rights and community involvement, listens as speakers describe their grassroots political programs aboard a Black Voters Matter Fund bus tour in the Mississippi Delta, near Greenville. The tour was in part to introduce traveling national media to a number of hands-on organizations, mainly led by women, that are working throughout the Delta to build interest and excitement for the upcoming election, documenting the campaigning in locales with important upcoming races where black turnout might be key. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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The economic slowdown hit Black America hard compared to white Americans. When it comes to the job market and recovering from the pandemic, the Black unemployment rate is 5.9%–the same level it was before the pandemic, illustrating a much quicker recovery than during the 2008 Recession.

Black women, however, were hit hardest in the workforce during the pandemic, with an unemployment rate of 16.6%. Today, that rate has plunged to 5%. For white women, the current unemployment rate is 2.8%.

Click ▶️ to listen to Jamie Jackson’s report:

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