Potential Cannabis Job Creation for Native American Workers


  • Native American unemployment rates are the highest among identified U.S. racial groups.
  • At 8.5%, the Native American unemployment rate was more than twice that among whites (3.7%) and nearly double the 2017 U.S. average (4.4%) overall.
  • Some tribes face chronic, systemic unemployment rates beyond 50%.
  • Cannabis jobs on Native lands would be similar in skillset to other existing jobs being fulfilled by tribal members.
  • A 5% market share would reduce the overall Native American unemployment rate from 8.5% to 8.0%.


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