Black female employment rate 10% lower than last year

According to a report by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy is showing signs of recovery with 379,000 more jobs and an unemployment rate that has fallen to 6.2%.

The report also states that black women are among the minority groups who have done much worse than white workers during the COVID-19 fueled recession of 2020.

In February, the unemployment rate for black workers was 9.9% compared to 8.5% for Latino workers and 5.6% for white workers. For black women, the current unemployment rate is 9.7% lower than it was in February 2020 – before COVID-19 arrived in the United States, according to CNBC News.

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Economists suggest that the source of this disparity is occupational segregation. Kate bahn, an economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, believes the recovery could be severely affected.

“Whoever has been hit the hardest takes the longest to recover. Once the recovery is long underway, employment and income levels may not fully recover for years, ”Bahn said.

She added: “Women are slightly more represented in certain sectors such as leisure and hotels and restaurants. We have also lost health care jobs, especially low paying health care jobs, disproportionately occupied by women of color.

Economists hope that the president at Joe Biden The $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 package – which the Senate passed on Saturday – will boost economic recovery and provide assistance to those who have lost their jobs.

Kristen Broady, a member of the Brookings Institution and director of policy for Hamilton’s Project, said black women generally fare better in the workforce, but the nature of the pandemic, which has caused many childcare issues due to the expulsion of children from school, blacks had an impact on women’s ability to work.

Over the years, women who left the workforce during a recession to care for their children have often struggled to return to their old roles or find a job with a similar or similar pay.

“In other recessions, kids were still in school,” Broady said. “If you can’t afford babysitting and you’re a single mom, you can’t go to work. And this is more likely to affect black and Hispanic women.

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Anne Gift, a Ghanaian-American researcher and co-founder of The Sadie Collective, an organization that tackles “the problem of avenues for black women in economics, finance and politics,” tweeted about the employment rate in June 2020, three months after the start of the pandemic.

“Did you know that since the start of the pandemic, the employment rate for black women has dropped by 11 percentage points? More than any other group, ”Gifty said at the time.

In the thread, she noted that black women are losing “the most jobs at an alarming rate” and posted a chart showing the staggering numbers.

“It’s bad because black women are overrepresented among essential workers who risk their lives unprotected.”

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