Everyone was so excited–or distraught, you be the judge–over the national unemployment rate dipping to 7.8 percent in September that the other big news of the report was almost missed: Black women were working it–literally. All of the September job gains among blacks were attributable to black women.
…the share of African Americans with a job edged up from 52.7 percent to 53.0 percent and the unemployment rate fell to 13.4 percent, after hovering just above 14 percent for the past three months. Among adults ages 20 and over, all of the gains for African Americans were among women. Although the share of black adult women overall employed rose from 55.1 percent to 55.3 percent, the share of black adult men employed fell from 57.7 percent to 57.5 percent. Both adult men and women, however, have seen their employment rate rise over the past year 0.5 percentage points.
Obviously not every job loss or gain throughout September was experienced by a black women. There was a net gain for black women and a net loss for black men.