With an index of 70.3%, the San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX metro area tops the list as the metro area with the smallest Black-white unemployment gap. The Black unemployment rate in San Antonio was 6.4% (down 1.9 percentage points) and the white rate was 4.5% (down 0.4 percentage points). With an index of 19.6%, this year’s least equal metro area is Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI, reflecting double-digit unemployment for Blacks (13.8%) and an exceptionally low rate for whites (2.7%). Milwaukee was also ranked last in the 2016 rankings.
Similar to the 2016 rankings, the 2017 rankings reveal that metros with the greatest unemployment equality are not necessarily the metros with the best employment outcomes for either group.