The December employment report, out today, appears to confirm the still-widening gap in employment losses between Black and White women. I didn’t report on this in November, which is just as well – as you can see from the graph, November looks odd, maybe odd enough to be a simple error on the BLS’s part.
I do not have an explanation for this. I wish those who have the power to figure these things out would pay more attention to it – and explain it to the rest of us. The numbers are right there for all to see. Black women have lost 4 percentage points of employment, compared with 2.1 points for White women. And that puts White women’s employment rate higher than Black women’s for the first time since the 1990s.