As The Economy Thrives, Why Is Black Employment Lagging Behind?
The U.S. economy is being celebrated as healthy, with many people working.
State economists say Georgia continues to show consistent year-over-year revenue growth, an indicator of a good economy.
And according to the Georgia Department of Labor, 2,600 jobs were created in May with unemployment hovering around 3.9%.
But things aren’t as positive for black workers.
According to the Economic Policy Institute, unemployment among African Americans in Georgia is at 5.7%. Hispanic and white unemployment rates are below 3%.
Andre Perry of the Brookings Institution, author of the book “Know your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Prosperity in America’s Black Cities,” breaks down the numbers with GPB’s Leah Fleming.