In December, 11.9 percent of African Americans were unemployed. This is double the White rate of 5.9 percent. This 2-to-1 Black unemployment rate compared to the rate for Whites has been constant for many decades.
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About two thirds of all Black and White high school graduates in 2011 had enrolled in college by October 2011. For those not enrolled in college, Blacks had a very high unemployment rate of more than 53 percent.