You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Red Sox Live

6

0

▲  3rd Inning 1 outs

Black people still face challenges in economic equality, report says

WASHINGTON — African-Americans have achieved tremendous gains in education over the past 50 years, but that has yet to translate into major progress toward economic equality, the National Urban League says in its latest State of Black America report.

This year’s report, ‘‘Redeem the Dream: Jobs Rebuild America,’’ identifies unemployment as the biggest barrier to that progress.

Continue reading below

It also marks milestones in black history since 1963, the height of the civil rights movement.

According to the report, released Wednesday during the league’s annual legislative conference, 75 percent of black adults had not completed high school 50 years ago, compared with 15 percent of black adults today.

At the college level, there are now 3.5 times more black students aged 18-24 enrolled, and five times as many black adults with a college degree.

Overall, the standard of living for black Americans improved significantly, due mainly to better access to educational and employment opportunities, the report says.

It credits those opportunities to the passage of civil rights laws and affirmative action policies.

But there has been much less change between black people and white people on the economic ladder, with indicators such as employment, income, and home ownership.

On average, black people remain twice as likely as white people to be unemployed and earn less than two-thirds the income of white people.

For every dollar that white people earn, black people earn 60 cents, the report said.

On average, African-Americans enjoy 71.7 percent, or fewer than three-fourths, of the benefits and privileges that are offered to white Americans.

These include education, economics, health, social justice, and civic engagement.

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.