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Four states and D.C. had labor force that was more than 30 percent African American in 2020

February 19, 2021

Mississippi, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Maryland, and Louisiana had the largest shares of their labor force that were African American in 2020. African Americans composed more than 30 percent of the labor force in each. By comparison, African Americans accounted for 12.6 percent of the U.S. labor force.

 Percent of each state's labor force that is African American, 2020 annual averages
State Percent of labor force

Mississippi

35.5

District of Columbia

35.0

Georgia

31.9

Maryland

31.5

Louisiana

31.0

Alabama

25.9

South Carolina

25.0

Delaware

22.3

North Carolina

21.4

Virginia

18.9

Florida

16.8

Tennessee

16.1

New York

15.8

New Jersey

15.0

Arkansas

14.6

Texas

12.8

Connecticut

12.5

Illinois

12.5

Michigan

12.3

Ohio

11.9

Missouri

10.9

Pennsylvania

10.6

Nevada

9.7

Massachusetts

8.8

Indiana

8.6

Kentucky

8.4

Oklahoma

7.5

Rhode Island

7.3

California

6.3

Wisconsin

5.8

Minnesota

5.4

Arizona

5.1

Nebraska

5.1

Kansas

5.0

Washington

4.3

West Virginia

3.9

Alaska

3.6

Colorado

3.6

Iowa

3.4

North Dakota

2.6

New Mexico

2.4

Oregon

2.1

South Dakota

2.1

Hawaii

2.0

New Hampshire

2.0

Maine

1.7

Utah

1.5

Vermont

1.5

Wyoming

1.2

Idaho

0.8

Montana

0.5

Other states with large African American shares of the labor force include Alabama, South Carolina, Delaware, North Carolina, and Virginia.

These Current Population Survey data are compiled by the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Four states and D.C. had labor force that was more than 30 percent African American in 2020 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/four-states-and-dc-had-labor-force-that-was-more-than-30-percent-african-american-in-2020.htm (visited October 22, 2021).

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