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Unemployment rate for Black workers going the wrong way as benefits expire

Sep 6, 2021
Black workers were the only racial or ethnic group for whom unemployment rose in the most recent monthly data — to nearly 9%.
A woman walks past the an employment services center in Washington, D.C., in July 2020. In the most recent unemployment report, Black workers were the only racial or ethnic group to see unemployment rise.
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Why are unemployment rates higher for Black and Hispanic workers?

Jun 22, 2021
Economists point to structural racism and a lack of access to training and transportation among the factors.
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Analysis finds racial disparity in pandemic unemployment benefits

Jun 21, 2021
White unemployment applicants were more likely to get relief than Black applicants.
A new report shows that Black applicants were less likely to receive federal unemployment benefits when compared to white applicants — something which also occurred during the Great Recession.
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Black, Latino workers much more likely to have unemployment claims rejected, analysis finds

Jul 31, 2020
Black and Latino workers made up nearly 40% of the unemployed, but were less than 20% of aid recipients.
Analysis from the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington think tank, finds that Black and Latino workers are having their unemployment claims rejected at disproportionately higher rates, compared to white workers.
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African-American unemployment is nearly twice as high as white unemployment

Mar 12, 2018
Black women are starting their own businesses at the highest rate of any demographic group, report says.
A job seeker fills out a registration form as he waits to enter the San Francisco Hirevent job fair at the Hotel Whitcomb on March 27, 2012 in San Francisco, California.
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