As The Economy Thrives, Why Is Black Employment Lagging Behind?

Jul 16, 2019

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.