February is Black History Month, a recognized celebration of the contributions African Americans have made to this country. Now is an opportunity to learn and reflect on the current state of the American labor force for Black employees and the continued struggle for racial justice and career advancement.
Despite the progress that has been made in recent years, significant issues surrounding workplace racial and ethnic diversity continue to persist. Some examples include, researchers sent out 83,000 applications to Fortune 500 companies and found that distinctively black-sounding names got noticeably fewer calls than candidates with white-sounding names (and the same application info). Researchers also found Black men and women earn $1,500 and $2,200, respectively, less per year than white men with the same job and qualifications. And almost half of all Black and Hispanic employees in the U.S. have quit a job after witnessing or experiencing workplace discrimination. To learn more facts about Black U.S. workers, check out our infographic below.