The National Urban League released the 40th edition of the “State of Black America,” a semiannual publication that has become one of the highly-anticipated benchmarks and sources for thought leadership around racial equality in America across economics, employment, education, health, housing, criminal justice, and civic participation.
The report includes insights from politicians, NGOS, and academia, and analyzes the data in the Black-White and Hispanic-White Equality Indices designed to track racial equality.
Here are three Fast Facts about 2016’s “State of Black America.”
Since 1976, Black unemployment has consistently remained about twice that of the White rate across time, regardless of education:
In 2016, the unemployment rate for Blacks is 9.6 percent, while the rate for Whites is 4.9 percent. Although the American economy is strong, Sonari Glinton, a reporter for NPR, posits that the reason for consistent high unemployment is the large number of African-Americans who are looking for work.
Black Americans are only slightly less likely today to live in poverty than they were in 1976:
A recent analysis of Census Bureau data by Pew Research found that Black poverty, especially child poverty, has remained consistent overtime, while the general United States population’s poverty rate has declined.
The highest median household income for Blacks ($66,151) and Whites ($109,460) was in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV area:
Year over year, the Black-White Economy index was relatively stable. The Washington, D.C. area has the fourth highest index (60 percent), despite the relatively high household income. The metropolitan area in which Black household income is closest to their White counterparts is Riverside, California, where Black households are making 76.5 cents to the dollar.
You can find more on the State of Black America, here.