Black labor-force participationâ€”meaning the number of people working or looking for workâ€”is trending up, while broader participation in the U.S., particularly among whites, has flattened after falling.
Participation by race is now near a crossroad. The share of black Americans actively working or looking for work was 62.9% in February, while the corresponding white rate sat at 63.0%, which matches the overall U.S. average.
The gap, which has all but closed, is the smallest gap in labor-force participation by race since 1972, when black participation was slightly ahead of white participation and the national average. Among prime-age workers, those between 25 and 54, the participation gap is also narrowing.View Article