American minorities have made historic employment gains since the end of 2016 that have continued with President Donald Trump in office, according to a Washington Post analysis of Department of Labor data.
The analysis revealed that American minorities comprise more than 86% of jobs added since the end of 2016. 5.2 million more Americans have obtained jobs since 2016, and 4.5 million of that group are minorities, The Washington Post reported.
The majority of new hires between ages 25 and 54, prime working age, are minorities, according to WaPo’s analysis.
Black unemployment also hit a record low in August, spurred by an uptick in employment for black women. The unemployment rate for black workers fell from 6% in July to 5.5% in August — numbers surpass the record low set in May 2018 of 5.9% for black unemployment.
While economists suggest the rise in minority employment is due to the fact that the tight labor market is forcing employers to search farther for employees, “cultural attitudes and educational attainment” are encouraging minority women to enter the workforce, WaPo reported.
Latino women said their families have begun encouraging them to enter the workforce, a cultural shift from a more home-focused role for women.