Successfully Entering the Workforce

Labor Force Participation

The labor force participation rate identifies the percentage of people in the civilian non-institutionalized population, age 16 or older, who are either working or actively seeking work.

Between 2010 and 2014 an estimated 63.9% of African Americans, 72.9% of Hispanics, and 63.2% of Asians reported participating in the labor force of SJC.

Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate is the percentage of the total labor force that is unemployed but actively seeking employment and willing to work.

Between 2010 and 2014 the unemployment rate for African Americans in St. Joseph County was estimated at 21.5% – the highest among any demographic. They were closely followed by Hispanics at 16.7%.