Jobs Added in April, But Jobless Rate For African-Americans Remains High
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released jobs numbers today, reporting employers added 288,000 jobs in April. The numbers were well ahead of the 218,000 economists were expecting.

The jobless rate overall saw a drop, from 6.7% to 6.3%, standing as the lowest rate since before the recession of 2008. However, the labor force participation rate was at 62.8%, down from 63.2% in March.

Though the overall jobless numbers have declined and jobs have been added, African-American employment continues to pose a major challenge.

Black unemployment dropped from 12.4% to 11.6%, but is more than double the rate for white people (at 5.3%). Black women ages 20 and older trail close behind their male counterparts (at 10.4% compared with 10.8%.) In March, the gap was a bit wider, with the jobless rate for black women at 11% (compared with 12.1% for black men). The unemployment rate for black teenagers of both sexes is also at an alarming number at 38.6% (reflecting a rise from March and a large gap when compared with white counterparts, whose rate is 15.9%, a drop from the previous month).


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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.