The Black unemployment rate of 6.8% was the lowest recorded in modern economic history. The Black Unemployment data series goes back to 1972. Right now it's 6.8%. The previous low was 7.0% in April 2000. The high was recorded in 1983 when the rate hit 21.2%. Over the 47 years, the Black unemployment rate has averaged 12.0%.
Another interesting tidbit is that the Black / White unemployment ratio dropped to about 1.66 or 166%. Historically, the ratios has been about 2 to 1. Some economist believe the ratio is a proxy for discrimination in the labor market.
That's the good news. The bad news is that the Black Labor Force participation rate is a 62.1% or only 62 percent of Black people participate in the civilian labor market. The rest are choosing not to work, retired, disabled, incarcerated or in the military.