The recovery is racist

September 6, 2013

Earlier today we broke down the decline in employment over the past six years by age, which reveals that the young are bearing the brunt of the downturn and anemic recovery. But breaking down the employment-to-population ratio for all age groups by race and gender also reveals interesting patterns. The biggest victims of the recession and interminable recovery have been black men:

Everyone's hurting. But as is usually the case in this country, white people are hurting less than blacks and Hispanics.

Update: The first version of this post didn't break down the change in Asian American employment-to-population ratios by gender as the public data tables where numbers for other ethnicities are located didn't include that breakdown. However, BLS passed along the numbers for Asian American men and women (you can also find the data through this tool), so the chart has been amended.

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