The increase in unemployment among black men continues to be one of the real indicators of systemic inequality and the challenges faced by minority communities to access equal opportunities in the workforce as well as in society. As per a recent survey on unemployment rate among US black men rising in January on Real Research, the unemployment rate among black men in the United States stood at 5.3% in January 2024, significantly higher than in December 2023.

Highlight:

  • 36.84% expressed concern over the rising unemployment rate among US black men.
  • 43.84% emphasized the urgent need to address this issue.
  • 48.64% advocate a need for social progress and labor market reforms to fight the racial pay gap.

Racial Disparity and Pay Gap Crisis

Despite all the efforts to promote inclusivity and accept cultural diversity, black men continue to face high levels of unemployment compared to other racial groups. The survey points out that 36.84% of respondents are highly “concerned” about the increased unemployment rate among US black men in comparison to white and Hispanic men. This downward trend in unemployment has significant economic and social issues, including reduced financial stability, limited access to resources, and more vulnerability to financial insecurity.

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Fig 1: Concern over the rising unemployment rate among black men in the U.S.

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Inequality In The US Labor Market

42.24% believe that unemployment among black men is a temporary fluctuation, compared to 57.76% who agree that it is indicative of deeper issues in the US labor market.

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Fig 2: Is this a temporary or deeper issue in the U.S. labor market?

The roots of inequality in the US labor market are complex, as they stem from a long history of systemic racism, discrimination, unequal access to education and employment, and a lack of mentorship and networking opportunities, which contribute to the increasing unemployment rate among US black men.

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How Can We Make It Better?

43.84% of the respondents are positive that addressing this evident issue is indeed urgent, while 48.70% feel it’s only somewhat urgent. Although it requires a multifaceted approach, one must first tackle the underlying structural barriers embedded in society that create racial inequality in the US labor market.

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Fig 3: Do you think it’s urgent to address this issue?

26.90% are extremely confident this racial pay will be removed from society soon. Implementing initiatives aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion in recruitment processes, investing in education and workforce development programs for colored communities, and changing laws that support systemic racism and promote economic justice can eventually decrease the unemployment rate among US black men.

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Fig 4: Stance on the removal of the racial pay gap in the future.

48.64% of the respondents agree that we need further social progress combined with the labor market to remove the issue of the racial pay gap.

Methodology

Survey TitleSurvey on Unemployment Rate Among US Black Men Rising in January
DurationFebruary 15 – February 22, 2024
Number of Participants5,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.