New Jobs Numbers Highlight COVID-19 Racial Disparities

Despite nationwide job gains, Black and Asian Americans are seeing their unemployment numbers rise.

VIRUS OUTBREAK ILLINOIS UNEMPLOYMENT
Information signs are posted at the Illinois Department of Employment Security Friday, June 5, 2020, in Chicago. ASSOCIATED PRESS
VIRUS OUTBREAK ILLINOIS UNEMPLOYMENT
Information signs are posted at the Illinois Department of Employment Security Friday, June 5, 2020, in Chicago. ASSOCIATED PRESS

New Jobs Numbers Highlight COVID-19 Racial Disparities

Despite nationwide job gains, Black and Asian Americans are seeing their unemployment numbers rise.

The U.S. saw a record drop in unemployment in May amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest jobs report. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for Black and Asian Americans continued to rise.

Reset talks with a Marketplace contributor to tease out what’s going on in the economy right now.

GUEST: Chris Farrell, senior economics contributor for Marketplace