April 28, 2021

People of color in Black Hawk County face higher unemployment claims during COVID-19 | Political News

People of color in Black Hawk County face higher unemployment claims during COVID-19 | Political News


WATERLOO — Unemployment claims in Black Hawk County were disproportionately filed by people of color during the pandemic, according to data from Iowa Workforce Development.

Iowa saw more than 953,000 unemployment claims from March 2020 through February 2021, according to state data. Black Hawk County’s more than 46,000 claims made up 4.87% of the state’s total during that period. The data shows that Black and African American residents appear to be most affected by joblessness during COVID-19.






People of color in Black Hawk County face higher unemployment claims during COVID-19 | Political News

Black and African American residents made up 17.5% of the county’s unemployment claims from March 2020 through February 2021, according to state data. Black Hawk County population is 9.7% Black and African American, U.S. Census data shows. More than 8,100 Black and African American residents filed for unemployment in Black Hawk County during the designated time period.

The trend continues statewide during those same months. Black and African American residents in Iowa filed more than 8.6% of unemployment claims, which compares to the state’s 4.1% Black and African American population, U.S. Census data shows. Nearly 82,400 Black and African American residents filed for unemployment during the designated time period in Iowa.

White residents in Black Hawk County made up 69.15% of unemployment claims from March 2020 through February 2021. That falls under the county’s white population of 84.5%, according to U.S. Census data.



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