What’s more, the historically low jobless rate ignores an important factor when measuring employment among black people: incarceration. The US government’s employment statistics do not include people who are in prison; in the US, a disproportionately large number of prisoners are black. According to the Washington Post, if incarcerated people were included in the unemployment rate for men in 2014, the unemployment rate for black men would have risen from 11.4% to 18.6%, but only increased from 5% to 6.4% for white men.

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