Black and white economics
at a glance
January 15, 1996
Web posted at: 6:00 p.m. EST
African-Americans make up approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population. Approximately 73 percent of the U.S. population is white.
More than 26 million whites and 11 million African-Americans fall below the poverty line.
Almost 14 percent of all working whites and more than 37 percent of all employed African-Americans make less than $15,000 a year.
The median household income for white American families is $39,308. It is $21,548 for African-Americans.
Almost 36 percent of all African-American households and 10 percent of all white households are single-parent homes.
The unemployment rate for African-Americans is 11.5 percent, compared to 5.3 percent for white Americans.
(Sources: 1995 Statistical Abstracts and U.S. Bureau of the Census)
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