Asian Americans Are Becoming More Unemployed Than White Workers, According to Labor Department
The COVID-19 pandemic has left Asian Americans more unemployed than Whites, according to a recent report from the Labor Department.
As more people returned to work, America’s overall unemployment rate improved from 10.2% in July to 8.4% in August — but many Asian Americans may not be feeling it.
Unemployment had historically been lowest for Asian Americans, which partly earned them the “model minority” recognition.
But the report, which was published on Friday, shows that the group had a jobless rate of 10.7% in August, only a slight change from 12% in July.
The latest figure far exceeds the unemployment rate of Whites, which came at 7.3% in August and 9.2% in July.
Meanwhile, Black and Hispanic workers had a jobless rate of 13% and 10.5% in August, respectively.
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