Show Me The Money: New Study Finds Blacks More Concerned With Wages Than Jobs

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September 3, 2012 ‐ By Ann Brown

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Unemployment is a hot button issues for the current Presidential election. So BET News decided to poll a group of African Americans in various swing states to see just what the black community thinks about (the lack of) jobs. The results were somewhat surprising.

Despite the fact that the unemployment rate for African Americans remains high, blacks are more concerned about wages than job opportunities. People were polled in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. Thirty-eight percent of blacks are more worried about their salary and wages keeping up with the cost of living than finding employment and being laid off, which ranked as the third most significant concern. The second biggest concern after wages was healthcare; 24 percent said they needed affordable healthcare.

The poll also found that 77 percent think the economy is stabilizing and getting better and 61 percent said that their personal finances have improved. Only seven percent say their financial situation has gotten worse.

The economic background of the African Americans polled varied, from college graduates living in integrated neighborhoods (13 percent) to seniors (27 percent) and families (31 percent), who were most concerned about college education cost and value issues. Two  percent of those polled voiced support for Republican candidate, Mitt Romney. The poll found too that 92 percent said they plan to vote in November; only four percent claimed to be less interested in this election than in 2008.

The poll was conducted by Brilliant Corners Research & Strategies for BET News. What are you most concerned with?

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