From an economic standpoint, Asian Americans are presumed to fare better than average, even during downturns—a perception that contributes to their reputation as “model minorities.” Indeed, from 2007 to 2010, Asian Americans had annual unemployment rates that were slightly lower than those of whites. But these numbers mask persistent disadvantages for Asian Americans. This issue brief begins by examining and explaining patterns in Asian American unemployment rates from 2007 to 2010. It then examines in detail a particular subset of unemployed Asian Americans: those who have been out of work for more than half a year, also known as the longterm unemployed.
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