Black unemployment and skills-based underemployment are still too high: Black workers are twice as likely to be unemployed as white workers and black college grads are 28% more likely to be in a job that doesn't require a college degree

Race/ethnicity Rate
Black 6.4%
White 3.1%
Black 3.5%
White 2.2%
Black 39.4%
White 30.9%

Notes: Estimates are based on a 12-month average (July 2018–June 2019). “Black” includes blacks of Hispanic ethnicity. Whites are non-Hispanic. College graduates in the bottom panel include those with a bachelor’s degree or higher. See the methodology for how “college occupation” is defined.

Source: Authors’ analysis of Current Population Survey basic monthly microdata from the U.S. Census Bureau

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