White and American Indian employment rates of 25- to 54-year-olds for states with tribal lands,* 2009–2011

Native American rank White rank Native
American–white disparity
rank
State American Indian White Difference (American Indian – white)
1 3 22 Nebraska 73.4% 85.6% -12.3
2 9 30 Connecticut 72.0% 81.4% -9.5
3 17 32 Texas 71.3% 78.8% -7.5
4 19 33 Oklahoma 70.4% 77.7% -7.3
5 33 34 Mississippi 69.7% 74.9% -5.1
6 15 26 Illinois* 68.7% 79.9% -11.2
7 18 29 Maine 68.6% 78.4% -9.7
8 24 31 Louisiana 68.5% 76.8% -8.3
9 11 21 Colorado 68.2% 81.1% -12.9
10 7 11 Wyoming 67.2% 83.1% -15.9
11 10 17 Montana 67.1% 81.3% -14.2
12 6 10 Wisconsin 66.9% 83.3% -16.4
13 12 12 Alaska 65.6% 81.0% -15.4
14 16 15 New York 65.0% 79.7% -14.6
15 8 7 Kansas 64.4% 82.5% -18.0
15 1 2 North Dakota 64.4% 88.9% -24.4
17 32 27 Oregon 64.0% 75.0% -11.0
18 13 9 Rhode Island 63.9% 80.8% -16.9
19 30 25 Florida 63.8% 75.4% -11.6
19 21 19 Idaho 63.8% 77.0% -13.2
21 34 28 Alabama 63.6% 73.9% -10.3
21 23 19 Washington 63.6% 76.8% -13.2
23 28 23 Nevada 63.5% 75.5% -12.0
24 28 23 California 63.4% 75.5% -12.0
24 14 8 Massachusetts 63.4% 80.7% -17.3
26 5 4 Iowa 62.9% 84.8% -21.9
27 26 18 New Mexico 62.5% 75.8% -13.3
28 21 14 North Carolina 62.2% 77.0% -14.7
29 4 3 Minnesota 61.3% 85.2% -23.9
30 27 16 South Carolina 61.1% 75.6% -14.5
31 31 13 Michigan 60.0% 75.2% -15.2
32 20 5 Utah 57.3% 77.1% -19.8
33 25 5 Arizona 56.6% 76.4% -19.8
34 2 1 South Dakota 54.8% 87.5% -32.7
States without tribal lands* 65.8% 77.8% -12.0
United States 64.7% 78.1% -13.4

* Illinois does not have tribal lands; however, because many American Indians were relocated to Chicago in the mid-20th century, we include it in this analysis.

Note: These weighted data include American Indian multiracials and Hispanics of both races, but exclude the foreign born. The table uses "standard competition ranking," wherein items that tie for a position in the ranking receive the same ranking number, and the ranking numbers of all those below them reflect how many competitors rank above them.

Source: Author's analysis of American Community Survey data from Ruggles et al. (2013)

View the underlying data on epi.org.