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Unemployment among women:

Caribbean black women are less likely to get decent jobs in the United States compared to other minority groups. A study conducted by Hamilton, Easley and Dixon (2018) found that black Caribbean women still find themselves in certain types of employment niches that are mainly informal in nature. Even after upgrading their level of education, black Caribbean women still face the challenge of getting white collar job opportunities in the United States. Hamilton, Easley and Dixon (2018) note that immigrant Caribbean women are found in occupational niches that are not only informal, but also contribute to the low wage gaps that they continue to face in the country. Using data from the American Community Survey, Hamilton, Easley and Dixon (2018) found that compared to US-born blacks, most Caribbean women immigrants have similar or greater representation in different occupational niches. However, employment in a specific niche has a minimal but positive association with earnings. They also note that not all Caribbean women have this problem. For instance, black Caribbean immigrants from English-speaking nations such as West Indies have higher labor force participation rates, higher employment rates, as well as higher earnings than their American-born blacks.

Caribbean black women are some of the immigrants who face racial discrimination in the American workplace. According to Assari and Maryam (2018), this problem is partly attributed to racial imbalances in the composition of workers in the employment population. This problem is partly attributed to socioeconomic status, which protect populations and people from health challenges. Assari and Maryam (2018) remark that while racial composition of the workplace may be a mechanism through which high socioeconomic status increase discriminatory experiences for blacks, males and females do not differ in this respect.

There are various factors that pose obstruction to career progression of black Caribbean women. A research undertaken by Wyss (2015) revealed that there is no shortage of educated Caribbean women in the workplace. However, very few make it to top government positions and company leadership. This problem is bought by gender stereotyping and limiting traditions that limit the role of women to domestic chores.