African-Americans lag their white and Latino counterparts when it comes to employment and income, according to a new report released Thursday by the National Urban League.

The annual report, called the State of Black America, noted that 13.1 percent of African-Americans were without jobs, compared with 6.5 percent of whites and 9.1 percent of Latinos.

“Nationally, both African-Americans and Latinos lost economic ground relative to whites,” the report said.

The disparity can also be seen in incomes in neighborhoods around the U.S.

Over half of African-American and Latino households in the U.S. earn incomes that place them below middle class, compared with 35.5 percent of white households. Nearly a quarter of white households rank in the top 10 percent of incomes in the country, compared with only 10 percent of black households and 11 percent of Latino households.

In Riverside, Calif., black and white households have the smallest gap in median incomes. The household income for black families was $44,572, about $12,700 less than for white households.


The report also took a look at job rates and inequality in 77 metropolitan areas in the U.S. with large black populations and 83 places with big Latino populations, according to data from the Census Bureau.

The smallest gap in employment between blacks and whites was in the Augusta, Ga., region, where 13.3 percent of blacks were jobless compared with 8.5 percent of whites.

Cities with more equality between blacks and whites may simply have a better job market for everyone, the report said. The areas with the smallest gaps in employment between the two groups also tend to have better job rates for both blacks and whites.

African-Americans did not surpass their white counterparts when it came to jobs or income at any of the cities in the report. Latinos, however, did exceed white workers in some cities.

In Memphis, Tenn., for example, 6.5 percent of whites did not have jobs, compared with 3.8 percent of Latinos. Whites fared worse in the job market in other areas as well, including Nashville, Tenn., and Indianapolis.

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