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Black and Hispanic Unemployment Rates Still Larger Than Whites Nationwide

For the third quarter of 2018, recent data collected by economic analyst Janelle Jones showed that the unemployment rates for Black and Hispanic workers continue to be high in comparison to White workers statewide.

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According to the Economic Policy Institute, the areas with the highest African-American unemployment rates were in Washington, D.C. (12.4 percent), followed by Illinois (9.3 percent), Louisiana (8.5 percent), Alabama (7.1 percent) and New York (7.0 percent).

Contrastingly, the locations with the lowest unemployment rates for African-Americans was in Massachusetts and Virginia at 3.8 percent. Washington, D.C. has had the highest unemployment rates for Blacks for the previous eight quarters.

The states with the highest Hispanic unemployment rates were in Nebraska (5.9 percent), followed by Connecticut (5.7 percent), Arizona (5.6 percent), Pennsylvania (5.6 percent) and Washington (5.6 percent). The states with the lowest unemployment rates for Hispanics was in Colorado at 2.3 percent and Georgia at 2.8 percent, according to the press release.

In the third quarter of 2018, African-American workers had the highest unemployment rate across the country (6.3 percent), followed by Hispanic workers at 4.5 percent, White workers at 3.2 percent and Asian workers at 3.0 percent.

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