Black humen average hourly wages ran from being 22.2% lower in 1979 to 31.0% lower in 2015; for black women the wage gap ran from 6% to 19%
Black Americans today earn even less relative to their white equivalents than they did in 1979, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute( EPI ).
The report, released by the left-leaning thinktank on Tuesday, shows that the gap between wages of both black and white men and black and white girls has widened over the last 36 years.
Black humen average hourly wages ran from being 22.2% lower than those of white humen in 1979 to being 31% lower by 2015. For women, the wage gap went from 6% in 1979 to 19% in 2015.
The finding that stands out the most, our major result, is that the racial wage gaps were larger in 2015 than they were in 1979. Thats huge because the impression people have, in general, is we know theres still racism in this country, but we guess or at least believe that its getting better, said Valerie Wilson, director of the EPIs program on race, ethnicity and the economy and one of research reports writers.
The EPI report comes a week after the US Census Bureau found that in 2015, median income for white Americans ran up 4.4% and that of black Americans went up by 4.1%. While everyones income went up in 2015, a large racial divide remains. The median household income for white Americans in 2015 was $63,000. Thats 70% more than the median household income of black Americans, which was $36,898.
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