|Change in Employment-to-Population Ratio, 2000-2011|
The overall employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) has dropped by 0.3 percentage points since April 2010, and blacks are not yet seeing any gains from the recovery. The EPOP for blacks overall hit a new low of 51.5 percent last month, down from the previous low for the downturn of 51.8 percent in September. The 53.7 percent EPOP for black women is 0.7 percentage points below the prior low reached in March. The EPOP for black teens has edged up slightly from its low, but at 15.3 percent it is still only around half its 2000 level.
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