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We learned that in 1989, approximately 43.5 percent of all Black families
were maintained by females with no husband present (female house-
hold). This number was an increase from the 1970 figure of 28.3
percent, but down from an all time high of 43.7 percent in 1985.


It is interesting to say that in March 1989, 64.6 percent of all Blacks 25 years and over had completed four years of high school or more, as compared with
78.4 percent for Whites and 51.0 percent for Hispanics.

We could add that in March 1989, 11.8 percent of Blacks, 25 years of age
and older, were college graduates with four or more years of
college, as compared to 21.8 percent for Whites. But for Blacks in
1940 this figure was only 1.3 percent, and in 1970 it was 4.4


This site learned us that in 1989, approximately 9.3 million Blacks (31.3 percent) and 20.7 million Whites (13.0 percent) had incomes below the poverty
level of $12,675 for a family of four (based on cash incomes only
and not including the value of benefits such as food stamps,
medical care, school lunches, etc.).

Black married couple families registered a 58.2 percent gain in median income between 1980 and 1989 (from $366/week to $579/week). Despite
this apparent gain, their median income was still significantly lower than
the median income for White ($438/week in 1980 and $712/week in 1989).

Black households had the lowest median income in 2004 ($30,134) among race groups. Asian households had the highest median income ($57,518)


In 2004, the poverty rate remained unchanged for blacks (24.7 percent)


We learned others things like that in 1989, approximately 13.5 million Black people were in the civilian labor force. From 1980 through 1989, the number of employed Black persons increased by 2.6 million (28 percent).

From 1980 to 1989, the number of unemployed Black laborers remained constant at 1.5 million, but decreased as a percentage of Blacks in the civilian labor force, from 14.3 percent in 1980 to 11.4 percent in 1989.

In 1989, the unemployment rate for Blacks (11.4 percent) was more than double that of Whites (4.5 percent). These rates are considerably lower than the highs in 1983 of 21.0 percent unemployment for Blacks and 9.7 percent for Whites.
In 1989, although Blacks comprised approximately 10.2 percent of the total civilian work force, they constituted 36.5 percent of all private household cleaners and servants. Conversely, Blacks were less than 4.0 percent of all physicians, lawyers, and engineers; 4.3 percent of college professors; and 5.7 percent of managers and administrators.

Health Insurance Coverage

The uninsured rate in 2004 was 19.7 percent for blacks, both unchanged from 2003.


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