December 11, 2016
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High Unemployment A Fact Of Life For American Indians

 


American Indian workers suffered recession-level rates of unemployment long before the recession began. Like African American and Hispanic workers, American Indian workers experience persistently high rates of unemployment in good times and bad. Algernon Austin, EPI’s director of its race, ethnicity and the economy program compares the national averages of American Indian unemployment to white unemployment.

People who have suffered long periods of unemployment often become discouraged and stop looking.   In that case, the employment-to-population ratio can give an added dimension to the labor market distress within these groups. Austin compares employment-to-population ratios, as well as unemployment rates, to that of whites, by region, in an issue brief, American Indians and the Great Recession. Nationally, the employment-to-population ratio for American Indians is lower than for whites, but the gaps are very large in Alaska, the Northern Plains and the Southwest – areas where the ratio of Native-to-non-Native population is among the highest. 

 

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The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that researches the impact of

economic trends and policies on working people in the United States and around the world. EPI's mission is to inform

people and empower them to seek solutions that will ensure broadly shared prosperity and opportunity.

 

 

CONTACT

Nancy Coleman

Karen Conner

202-775-8810

news@epi.org

 

 

 



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