This chart shows fewer than half of Black Americans were employed in April, highlighting how coronavirus layoffs have disproportionately affected Black communities
Black Americans were disproportionately affected by mass layoffs caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Fewer than half of Black workers were employed in April, according to the latest government data. The pandemic also hit Black communities harder than other demographic groups, something that has been compounded by long-standing socioeconomic inequality. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Unemployment rates for Black Americans had just fallen to record lows amid a booming economy before the coronavirus pandemic, but the resulting layoffs hit them harder than other demographic groups. Fewer than half of Black people included in the labor force were employed in April, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, further illustrating their greater risk for job losses amid economic upheaval on top of higher rates of COVID-19, which has now killed more than 100,000 people in the US. (Employment data only includes the number of people employed and unemployed. It excludes people who are unemployed and not looking for work.) The virus has hit Black communities particularly hard because Black people are disproportionately represented in public-facing jobs that were deemed essential or they were laid off from service jobs that cannot be done from home. One study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research found that Black workers made up 17% of frontline employees but only 11.9% of the overall workforce. "Workers of color are particularly overrepresented" in industries like postal services, public transportation, warehouses, and trucking, the group found. And Black people are dying at far higher rates from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency found that death rates were about 92.3 per 100,000 black people and 74.3 per 100,000 Hispanic or Latino people, while the death rate among white people was about 45.2 per 100,000. "Health differences between racial and ethnic groups are often due to economic and social conditions that are more common among some racial and ethnic minorities than whites," the CDC said. Plentiful other studies in recent years have found Black communities are disproportionately affected by structural racism including food deserts, higher risks of respiratory issues, access to health insurance, lower life expectancies, and more. These factors, coupled with an economic recession and the long-term, socioeconomic inequalities that have long plagued Black communities in America, have made the eight days of protests following Minneapolis police officers' killing of George Floyd, a Black man, all the more intense. "Where people are broke, and there doesn't appear to be any assistance, there's no leadership, there's no clarity about what is going to happen, this creates the conditions for anger, rage, desperation and hopelessness, which can be a very volatile combination," Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, a professor of African American studies at Princeton University, told The New York Times.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How waste is dealt with on the world's largest cruise ship
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Trump said people of color 'just set a record for new jobs.' Data show the unemployment rate for Black Americans has barely changed in the last month.
Speaking at a Saturday news conference, President Donald Trump commemorated the US economy for seeing "a...Speaking at a Saturday news conference, President Donald Trump commemorated the US economy for seeing "a new record for jobs" for people of color. But the monthly jobs report the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Friday said the unemployment rate for the Black population "showed little change." The white and Black unemployment rates differ by more than 5 percentage points — the widest gap recorded in the coronavirus pandemic recession to date. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In a news conference from his private New Jersey golf club on Saturday, President Donald Trump lauded the US economy where people of color "set a record for new jobs." But federal data released Friday show that the unemployment rate for Black people has marginally changed, and white people are by far the most employed among all racial groups in the country. Trump ended his press conference announcing several executive actions by commemorating how "We created the greatest economy in the history of the world." The president claimed the US economy saw the "best employment numbers for African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans," and that the Black, Latino, and Asian population "just set a new record for jobs." "We're very proud of what's happening," Trump said. The monthly jobs report for July that the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Friday said the jobless rate for Black Americans "showed little change." The Black unemployment rate decreased by less than 1% in the last month, from 15.4% in June to 14.6% in July. For Asian and Hispanic Americans, the BLS noted declines in unemployment rates from June to July of 13.8% to 12% and 14.5% to 12.9%, respectively. Even with the decline, both populations have an unemployment rate that is higher than the overall US unemployment rate, which fell from 11.1% to 10.2% last month, whereas the white population's unemployment rate falls below the overall number. Meanwhile, white unemployment declined from 10.1% to 9.2% in the previous month. The gap between white and Black unemployment rates exceeds 5 percentage points — the widest racial disparity in employment recorded during the coronavirus pandemic recession to date. Overall, the US added 1.8 million jobs in July, the third month of gains since the coronavirus pandemic sparked record payroll losses in April. Read more: Trump signs a series of executive actions aiming to give Americans economic relief, including a $400 weekly boost to federal unemployment Trump is enacting a payroll-tax cut through executive order. But that doesn't mean workers will see extra money in their paychecks. 5 charts from July's jobs report highlighting the US economy's post-pandemic recovery — and 3 showing how much further it has to go US economy beats forecasts, adds 1.8 million jobs in July as unemployment rate declines to 10% Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to travel during the coronavirus outbreak
Black and other ethnic minority groups have long faced economic and racial inequality in Britain. As...Black and other ethnic minority groups have long faced economic and racial inequality in Britain. As workers return, many are saddled with debt and working longer hours for less pay.
Floyd’s struggles resonate with many black Americans and the timing of his killing created a spark...Floyd’s struggles resonate with many black Americans and the timing of his killing created a spark that lit this week’s uprising over centuries of racism George Floyd killing – latest US updatesSee all our George Floyd coverageWith a knee to his neck and head against the concrete, George Floyd became the face of one of the largest uprisings in modern American history. His final moments at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers was replayed on social media and television all across a country that was already in crisis.Americais in economic free fall as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. And it is black Americans who have been disproportionately impacted by mounting deaths and crushing job losses, making up a disproportionate number of the 42 million people left unemployed. Continue reading...