The unemployment rate for black Americans fell below 6 percent for the first time in history earlier this year.

The historic dip in joblessness was a benchmark of progress in the continued pursuit of racial equality in the United States – and a reminder of the unique challenges black Americans face every day.

The black unemployment rate has hovered above the overall unemployment rate by several percentage points since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking it over 40 years ago. Racial disparities in America do not stop with the labor market.

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