Unemployment Rate for Black Americans Hits Record Low

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The unemployment rate for black Americans hit a record low of 6.8 percent in December, which is the lowest level seen in the history of the data, CNN reported.

"It marks a swift comeback for black workers, who suffered through extremely high unemployment during the Great Recession," the article states. "Black unemployment peaked at 16.8 percent in March 2010, well above the peaks for other demographics."

In January 2017, the unemployment rate for black Americans over the age of 16 was 7.8 percent. By December 2017, it dropped to 6.8 percent.

While this is the lowest rate for black individuals, the rate is still higher than the unemployment rate for all Americans, which remained steady at 4.1 percent in December.

In January 2017, there were 18,436,000 employed black Americans over the age of 16. In December 2017, that number increased to 18,790,000, an increase of 354,000.

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Ali Meyer is a staff writer with the Washington Free Beacon covering economic issues that expose government waste, fraud, and abuse. Prior to the Free Beacon, she was a multimedia reporter with CNSNews.com where her work appeared on outlets such as Drudge Report and Fox News. She also interned with the Heritage Foundation and Pacific Research Institute. Her Twitter handle is @DJAliMeyer, and her email address is meyer@freebeacon.com.

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