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Black Americans Lead Recovery in May Labor Force Participation

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US Employers Added More Jobs Than Expected in May

Black Americans, who experience the highest rates of unemployment in the US, led a broad improvement in labor force participation in May, an encouraging sign that more people are returning to the job market as the economy continues to recover from the pandemic.

The number of Black Americans either looking for a job or employed rose to 63% of the total, above the level for the overall population for the first time in 50 years. The share of prime-age Black workers, those ages 25 to 54, who participated in the labor force was at 81.2%, the highest since 2005.