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%).
Hispanic-White UE Metro
With an index of 103.6 percent, Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN topped the Hispanic-white metro unemployment rankings this year. Indianapolis was #2 last year behind Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL, which fell to #49 this year. While there were a total of five metros in the 2015 Index with a Hispanic-white unemployment index greater than 100 -- indicating that the Hispanic unemployment rate was lower than the white unemployment – Indianapolis was the only metro with that distinction in this year’s index.
The 2016 Equality Index of Hispanic America stands at 77.8 percent compared to a revised 2015 index of 77.3 percent. The increase in the Hispanic-White Index resulted from a major improvement in the social justice index (from 66.6% to 75.9%) and smaller gain in the economics index (from 60.8% to 61.8%) that helped to offset losses in all other categories. The greatest losses were in civic engagement (from 71.0% to 67.6%), followed by health (from 106.8% to 105.5%), and education (from 74.6% to 74.2%).
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.