For a third quarter in a row, Illinois had the worst African-American unemployment rate in the nation, according to a new analysis by the Economic Policy Institute.
In the second quarter of 2016, covering April through June, the African-American unemployment rate was highest in Illinois at 15 percent. It represents the third straight quarter of Illinois having the highest African-American jobless rate in the nation.
Texas had the lowest African-American unemployment rate, 6.1 percent, in the second quarter of 2016. Texas is one of 17 states where African-American unemployment rates were below 10 percent last quarter, according to the left-leaning think tank.
"Every month we continue to see job growth means the recovery is reaching more communities, but Americans are experiencing the recovery very differently, depending on their ethnicity and the state they live in," EPI economist Valerie Wilson said in a statement. "These disparities underscore the need for policymakers to pursue genuine full employment--which provides the best chance for African-American workers to share in more of the economic gains."
Other key findings from EPI's analysis include:
- African Americans had the highest national unemployment rate in June, at 8.6 percent, followed by Latinos (5.8 percent), whites (4.4 percent), and Asians (3.5 percent).
- In the second quarter of 2016, the Hispanic unemployment rate was highest in Pennsylvania (12.0 percent) and lowest in Virginia (2.7 percent). Hispanic unemployment is lower than the white rate in Georgia, Utah, and Virginia, while the Hispanic-white unemployment rate gap is largest in Pennsylvania, where the Hispanic unemployment rate is 2.8 times the white rate.
- The Asian unemployment rate was lowest in Hawaii and New Jersey (2.8 percent) and highest in Nevada (6.5 percent). Hawaii and New Jersey were also the states with the lowest Asian unemployment rates during the first quarter of 2016.
- The white unemployment rate was lowest in South Dakota (1.1 percent) and highest in West Virginia (6.3 percent). South Dakota also had the lowest white unemployment rate in the preceding three quarters, while West Virginia has had the highest white unemployment rate for five consecutive quarters.