Blacks and Income: What We Earn

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


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