Unemployment Rate For Black Women Climbs Yet Again In February

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 03/06/2015 | 11:30 AM EST

African-American women and Black community as a whole continues to lag behind

The unemployment rate for African-American women has climbed yet again in the month of February, according to the new jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In a continued trend of Black Americans suffering in the job market, a new report reveals the rate of unemployed Black women rose to 8.9 percent. In the previous month (January) that rate was 8.7 percent.

To put that rate in true numbers, a rate of 61.3 percent of African-American women are currently participating in the labor force. But only 8,809 are currently employed--quite a small number when you consider the true number of Black female citizens in
the United States. The number of African-American women not employed is 857, though it’s important to note that unemployment rates only factor in those actually currently seeking jobs, which mean there’s a far greater number of Black women out of the labor market.

African-American men, in contrast, fared far much worse with an unemployment rate of 10.4 percent. The silver lining is that it’s slightly down from 10.6 percent in January.

From an overall standpoint, the national unemployment rate fell to 5.5. percent and added 295,000 jobs in February. This is the lowest the unemployment rate has been in 7 years, and is the 12th straight month the economy added more than 200,000 jobs, according to CNN Money.

But while the rest of America continues to make traction, the Black community as a whole continues to lag behind. The unemployment rate for African-Americans sits at 10.4 percent, up from 10.3 percent in January.

But things were much worse in February 2014. The unemployment rate for Black Americans was at a high of 12 percent. A year later, the numbers have sluggishly improved.

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