This report assesses the employment experiences and economic well-being of African Americans age 50 and older. Despite progress over the past three decades, these African American workers continue to struggle in the workplace. Older African American men are less likely to work than Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites, whereas older African American women are as likely to work as non-Hispanic whites and more likely to work than Hispanics. Fifty-plus African American men and women both earn less than their non-Hispanic white counterparts. The black-white earnings gap after age 50 narrowed between 1979 and 1999 but widened in the 2000s.
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