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Gap Between Black and White Unemployment Widens to Pandemic High

  • Black U.S. unemployment rate declined to 14.6% in July
  • Pandemic has had disproportionate impact on Americans of color
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The gap between Black and White joblessness widened slightly in July, indicating the economic recovery continues to be uneven along racial lines even though labor-market conditions are improving across the board.

The gap, which is now at its widest in the pandemic era, rose to 5.4 percentage points from 5.3 points the prior month, according to data from the Labor Department. The Black unemployment rate continues to be the highest among the largest race groups tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.