Nonmetro Black unemployment grew by nearly 10 percent 2007-11

A chart showing non metro unemployment rate by gender, ethnicity, and age.

The recession widened existing demographic differences in nonmetro unemployment rates. Between 2007 and the first half of 2011, unemployment among nonmetro men grew by a larger margin than did women's due to rapid job losses in male-dominated industries, such as construction and manufacturing, and better employment conditions in fields such as health care and educational services, where women are well represented. Unemployment among nonmetro Blacks grew by 9.7 percentage points, compared to 5.5 percentage points for Hispanics and 3.2 percentage points for non-Hispanic Whites. Unemployment among 16- to 19-year-olds increased by 7.9 percentage points, to 22.6 percent in nonmetro counties. This chart is from the 2011 edition of Rural America At A Glance, EIB-85, September 2011.

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