With an index of 114.5%, North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL topped the Hispanic-White Metro Unemployment Equality Rankings this year. North Port moves up from #7 last year. There were a total of four metros in the 2017 Index with a Hispanic-white unemployment index greater than 100—indicating that the Hispanic unemployment rate was lower than the white unemployment rate, compared to only one in last year’s index. The metro area with the largest disparity between Hispanic and white unemployment rate is Rochester, NY (35.7%).
Since unemployment disparities between Latinos and whites have narrowed more than those between Blacks and whites during the recovery, lower unemployment rates and greater unemployment equality seemed to be more closely linked.