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June 14, 2018

Illinois' African-American unemployment rate is higher than that of any other state in the nation.

And Illinois has been among the states with the highest black unemployment rate nearly every quarter since 2016.

"Nobody's been left behind more than African-American workers. And Illinois has done about the worst when it comes to creating economic opportunities and employment opportunities for African Americans," said Robert Bruno, a University of Illinois professor who directs the Labor Education program there.

Experts say an unequal education system bears a lot of the blame for why Illinois fares so poorly in comparison, but largely it is plain old-fashioned discrimination at work.

"It doesn't matter how you slice the data in Illinois, you do see racially disparate outcomes that can't be explained by anything other than discrimination impacting labor markets," said Ralph Martire, the executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.

Source: NRP Illinois