Rate Of Black Business Ownership Is Going Up

Black Business Ownership Going Up
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The city of Pittsburgh has historically struggled to lift up Black businesses, having the lowest rate of Black business ownership of any large city in the U.S.

But around 2020, things started to change.

In a normal year, the local Urban Redevelopment Authority gives out around 30-50 loans. In 2020, it gave out over 350 loans – and almost half went to Black-owned businesses.

Pittsburgh is part of a larger trend.

African American business owners were one of the hardest hit groups at the beginning of the pandemic, with the number of self-employed people dropping 31% from the first quarter of 2020 to the second, according to census data compiled by Robert Fairlie, a research associate at the University of California in Santa Cruz.

But now, this group is making a comeback.

Just over 1.2 million African Americans were self-employed in February 2022, compared to slightly under 1.1 million in February 2020. Another study from the website domain company GoDaddy found that Black owners have accounted for 26% of all websites created for new businesses since the pandemic began, compared to 15% before.

The gains are greater than what other demographic groups have seen...Read more.

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