‘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.