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‘Overlooked’: Asian American Jobless Rate Surges But Few Take NoticeEnlarge this image toggle caption Spencer Platt/Getty Images Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesThe coronavirus pandemic is taking a heavy economic toll on Asian Americans.

And Asian American workers have gone from having the lowest unemployment rate in the country to one of the highest.

A year ago, the jobless rate for Asian Americans was 2.8% — lower than that of whites, Blacks or Latinos.

But Asian American unemployment soared to 15% in May, and it was still 10.7% in August — well above the rate of 7.3% for whites and the Latino rate of 10.5%.

While disparities in employment among Latinos and African Americans have garnered headlines during the pandemic, Asian American job losses have attracted less notice.

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