The disturbing 44-year record that Covid-19 shattered for Black Americans

The coronavirus has set America’s Black labor force back more than 40 years. 

Since the mid-1970s, the share of African Americans working or actively looking for a job has consistently stayed above 60%. But back in April, when the world was still gauging the early economic fallout of Covid-19, the Black labor force participation rate plunged to 58.6%, the lowest level since 1974. Though it has since come off those depths, the rate remains below 60%. 

Economists see this as a worrying indicator of the disparate recovery between Black and white workers. While the labor force participation rate for white Americans took a similar dive earlier this year, it didn’t sink as low.

Read the rest of this story on Become a member to get unlimited access to Quartz’s journalism.


For Android Mobile users Ilwareed Online has an App available on Google Play Store, with this App you can get the latest News and Political Analysis every minute.
Download Ilwareed Now.

Follow us on Twitter #ilwareed and Facebook #ilwareedonline