Black Unemployment Decreases Slightly

October 10, 2011  |  

(Politics365) — While there’s outrage in Washington and beyond over unbearable Black unemployment rates, recent jobless numbers show a new tale White House spin doctors are sure to push. For the second straight month, the number of African Americans in the labor force increased as the unemployment rate slightly decreased.  The U.S. Department of Labor last Friday reported that unemployment for Blacks fell to 16.0% in September from 16.7% reported in August.

It’s not much to scream about since the Black unemployment rate is nearly double the national average. So far, Obama Administration policies have not hit pay dirt, particularly for the long-term unemployed, a number many economists argue is not reflected in the monthly Labor Department surveys.

Crunching the Labor Department numbers further, there were 18,103,000 blacks in the labor force in September.  That’s in contrast to 17,930,000 blacks willing and able to work – within four weeks of the Labor Department‘s survey.

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