WALL STREET JOURNAL: Loan Rebound Misses Black Businesses

Source: Ruth Simon and Tom McGinty / The Wall Street Journal

Black entrepreneurs have largely missed out on a rebound in federal small-business lending since the financial crisis ended.

More than four years into the nation’s economic recovery, African-Americans looking for loans are struggling to overcome deeper financial distress, tighter lending standards and cutbacks by some lenders.

U.S. financial institutions made $382.5 million in Small Business Administration loans to black-owned businesses in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, according to an analysis of the agency’s data by The Wall Street Journal. Black borrowers received 1.7% of the $23.09 billion in total SBA loans.

The percentage is down sharply from 8.2% of overall SBA loan volume in fiscal 2008. By number of loans, black-owned small businesses got 2.3% of the federal agency’s roughly 54,000 loans last year, down from 11% in 2008.

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