Report: black women hit the hardest by unemployment
While just about every other group has seen a decline in unemployment, black women get no reprieve when it comes to finding work.
Unemployment for all adult women declined to 5.7 percent from 6.2 percent a year ago, while unemployment for adult Hispanic women rose to 8.1 percent from 7.7 percent. For single mothers it rose to 9.3 percent from 9.1 percent last year. The unemployment for adult African-American men declined to 10.8 percent from 13.4 percent a year ago.
While black women represented 12.5 percent of all American women workers in June 2009, they made up more than 42 percent of jobs lost by all women in the two years following, according to the National Women’s Law Center.
Women acquired 91,000 new jobs last month, accounting for two-thirds of the 142,000 added to the U.S. economy. Over the past year, women have accounted for 43.2 percent of the 2.5 million jobs added to the economy.
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