Women's Bureau

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There were about 10.2 million Black women in the civilian labor force in 2015, representing 1 in 7 women in the labor force. Of those, 9.3 million were employed.

On average, Black women tend to have less favorable outcomes than their White, non-Hispanic counterparts. Black women still face a stark wage gap and are less likely to work in higher-paid occupations. Raising the minimum wage, closing the wage gap, ensuring adequate working conditions and expanding opportunities for higher wage occupations would greatly impact the lives of Black women and their families.

The data below highlight the outcomes of Black women, and compare them to their White, non-Hispanic counterparts as a reference group.


Suggested Citation
U.S. Department of Labor, Women's Bureau. (2016). Black women in the labor force (infographic). Washington, D.C.: Author.