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A quick guide to unemployment rates, by race, in major US cities

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“Before Covid-19, US unemployment was at a 50-year low. But even an historically tight labor market had notably more slack in it for brown and black populations, in cities across the country.

In Minneapolis, for example, the unemployment rate declined from 3.3% to 3.1% between 2000 and 2018, according to data from IPUMS, a database housed at the University of Minnesota that integrates census and survey data. Among white people, it dropped from 2.5% to 1.9%. But among black people, unemployment rose from 6.8% to 8%”

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