According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the recession has hit African-American and Hispanic workers especially hard:
- As of September, white unemployment was at 8.7 percent, the Hispanic unemployment rate was at 12.4 percent and the black unemployment rate was at 16.1 percent.
- The Black unemployment rate has steadily risen every year since 2008. Since Sept 2008, the black unemployment rate has jumped from 11.2 percent to 15.9 percent this year.
Along that same period, however, the white unemployment rate has actually gone down. In September of 2008, the white unemployment rate was 8.6 percent, but had fallen to 8.3 percent by September of 2010.
In September 2008 Hispanic unemployment stood at 7.6 percent, but jumped to 12.2 percent one year later. By September 2010 the rate fell to 11.9 percent.
- 49.1 percent of black teens are unemployed, a rate that's 26 percentage points higher than the unemployment rate for white teens and 10 percentage points higher than the rate for Hispanic teens.