August Unemployment Rate For Black Women Released

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 09/04/2015 | 11:00 AM EDT

Rate of jobless women of color ticks up slightly from previous month

The unemployment rate for Black women in the month of August was practically unchanged, ticking up just .1 percentage point from 8.0 percent in the previous month.

Though that rate is significantly higher than the national rate (currently 5.1 percent), it's a far much stronger rate than the 10.9 percent a year ago.

As always, African-American women continue to outpace Black men in the job market. The unemployment rate in August for men of color was an alarming 9.2 percent. For the Black community as a whole that rate was 9.5 percent.

Black America Is Still In A Deep Recession

Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 1.0 percentage point and 1.5 million, respectively, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor.

Black America, however, has the slowest improvement in employment and the highest unemployment rate in the country. The unemployment rate for whites is at 4.4 percent and for Hispanics 6.6 percent.

Still, there's at least one thing Black women can celebrate: they are the fastest growing population of entreprenuers in the country.

(Photo: Kate Kunz/Corbis)

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