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.
Black-White UE Metro
As President Obama wraps up the final months of his second term as the nation’s first African-American president, many will begin to assess the progress the nation has made under his administration, and more specifically, the progress that Black America has made. In making these critical assessments, we must also consider which presidential candidate is best suited to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead for the United States. How well has the nation recovered from the worst economic crisis it has seen in generations? How much closer to the goal of universal hea
Last year, the National Urban League introduced rankings of unemployment and income equality between whites, Blacks and Latinos in the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. Comparison of the 2014 and 2015 Metro Unemployment Equality Index rankings reveals that there was quite a bit of shuffling of metros at the top of the list1. In the Black–White rankings, only three of the cities in last year’s top 10 were also in this year’s top 10. In the Hispanic–White rankings, only four of last year’s top 10 metros remained at the top of this year’s list.