According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, African-American Unemployment rose to 16.5% in March. That’s up from 15.8% in February and 13.5% in March of 2009.
What’s even worse is the outlook for African-American men. The unemployment rate for Black men in March was 19%. That’s up from 17.8% last month and 16.4% this time last year. The unemployment rate for Black women in March was 12.4%.
All this comes as the overall unemployment rate held at 9.7% for the third straight month. And just in case you were wondering, the unemployment rate for African-Americans 16-19 years old is 41.1% compared with the overall rate of 23.7% for all Americans 16-19 years of age.