Unemployment Rate For Black Women Spikes In March

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 04/03/2015 | 10:45 AM EDT

For the African-American community, there seems to be no clear in sight

There appears to be no clear in sight for Black women in the job market. The job report for March reveals that the unemployment rate for African-American women was at 9.2 percent. Last month, the unemployment rate was 8.9 percent.

Currently there are 9,703 women of color included in the civilian labor force. Of those women, 8,807 are employed. However, the unemployment rate only count for civilians who actually are actively looking for employment and registered through the U.S. Department of Labor.

The national unemployment rate remained steady at 5.5 percent. The country did, however, add fewer jobs than in recent months (126,000 jobs), pointing to a slowdown in hiring.

Even worse than the unemployment rate for Black women is that of the overall African-American community, which sits at 10.1 percent. It is, however, an improvement from February’s 10.4 percent.


But women of color aren’t the only demographic seeing pitfalls in the job market. Black men and Black youth also suffered in March with 10 percent and 25 percent respectively. It’s worth noting that both unemployment rates were slight improvements from the previous month.

Despite such lackluster reports, there is hope for the general job market. Consumer confidence, which faltered a bit in February, recovered in March, according to the New York Times. Its confidence index rose by 2.5 points, to 101.3.

Not to mention, there are growing indications that the labor market is beginning to tighten up.

McDonald’s, which announced plans to raise wages for employees at its company-owned restaurants, cited a strengthening labor market and the need to keep up with competitors who also depend heavily on low-wage workers, the Times reports. Walmart, the country’s largest private sector employer, had already announced plans to raise wages to a minimum of $9 an hour by this month.

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