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24 April 2012

Unemployment in 20 Majority Black, Georgia Counties Exceeds State & National Rate

The State of Georgia is home to twenty counties where blacks are a majority of the population.

Those 20 counties --Bibb, Burke, Calhoun, Clay, Clayton, DeKalb, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Hancock, Jefferson, Macon, Randolph, Richmond, Sumter, Talbot, Taliaferro, Terrell, Warren, and Washington-- all have black populations exceeding 50% or more.

In these twenty Georgia counties, with majority black populations, unemployment is higher than either the state or the national rate.

The following table was constructed using the 2010 Census and data from the Georgia Department of Labor:


County

Black Population 
(percent)

Unemployment 
(percent)
Bibb52.1%10.0%
Burke49.5%11.7%
Calhoun61.3%10.4%
Clay60.4%9.4%
Clayton66.1%11.4%
DeKalb54.3%9.4%
Dooly49.9%14.4%
Dougherty67.1%11.0%
Early49.6%9.0%
Hancock74.1%16.0%
Jefferson54.4%13.1%
Macon60.6%14.2%
Randolph61.8%13.5%
Richmond54.2%10.5%
Sumter51.8%13.2%
Talbot59.2%9.8%
Taliaferro59.6%13.1%
Terrell61.2%10.4%
Warren61.7%16.3%
Washington52.7%11.9%


The current national unemployment rate is 8.2%. The current Georgia unemployment rate is 9.0%