Blacks and Income: What We Earn

A financial portrait of black America in anticipation of the 2010 U.S. Census.

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Who Works?

In 2008, employment among the major race and ethnicity groups, with the exception of Asians, was lower than a year earlier.

The employment-population ratios (the proportion of the population that is employed):

Blacks: 57.3 percent. This pattern of a relatively low employment-population ratio for blacks has persisted for decades.

Asians: 64.3 percent.

Hispanics: 63.3 percent

Whites: 62.8 percent

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