Minorities Bear the Lockdown’s Economic Brunt

We know the coronavirus doesn’t discriminate by race or ethnicity. We also know the harm it imposes on American society will be unequal in the extreme. It so happens that lower-income minorities have been on a pretty good run economically in recent years. The consensus among economists is that this trend is set to end.

A decade ago this month, in the aftermath of the financial crisis, the black jobless rate hit a 27-year high of 16.8%. By May 2018 it had plummeted to 5.9%, the lowest level since the government started keeping…

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