Interactive: Visualizing the unemployment gap
The overall unemployment rate has steadily gone down over the past five years, falling to the lowest levels since before the financial crisis. A closer look at the numbers, however, reveals a racial unemployment gap as wide as ever. The unemployment rate for blacks is double than that of whites and Asians, and the labor force participation rate is consistently more than 2 percentage points lower. Explore the chart above to see how the numbers compare.