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Black Unemployment Rate Reaches Record Low

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The latest jobs report was released on Friday and the Black unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since the government started keeping track of it in 1972.

The unemployment rate for Black Americans sits at 5.9% in May, according to CNN Money.

The latest number is a sharp decrease from April’s figure when the unemployment rate for Black people was at 6.6%.

“The jobs market is firing on all pistons. It is benefiting all workers,” Tony Bedikian, head of global markets at Citizens Bank, told CNN Money. “There are more jobs to be had for all Americans.”

Despite the progress, the unemployment rate for Black people is higher than white, Asian, which is at 2.1% and Hispanics, which clocked in at 4.9%, per the report.

“There is nothing not to like about this jobs report. It was strong across the board,” said Hank Smith, co-chief investment officer at Haverford Trust.


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