June Report: Black Women Were The Only Group With An Increase In The Unemployment Rate

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July 15, 2013 ‐ By Kimberly Gedeon

While other minority women, such as Latinas and Asians, have seen their unemployment rates drop to 8.6 percent and 4.2 percent respectively, the jobless rate for African-American women has increased, AL.com says. The June job report shows that 12 percent is the current unemployment rate for Black women, according to The National Women’s Law Center. The jobless rate for White women is at six percent.

In 2007, before the recession, the unemployment rate for African-American women stood at 7.1 percent, according to ThinkProgress. In June 2009, 11.2 percent of Black women were jobless. Unfortunately, the June job report shows that Black women are the only subgroup of women who have failed to show a decline in unemployment.

For Black men, although their unemployment rate dipped slightly from 13.5 percent in May to 13 percent in June, that figure is still high. White men have an unemployment rate of only 6.2, adds Green County Democrat.

“More than 2.5 million Blacks are unemployed, according to the Department’s latest jobs report,” says Green County Democrat “The 13.7 Black unemployment rate is higher now than when President Obama took oath in office back in January 2009.”

In the clip “Black Woman Pretends to Be White, Job Offers Skyrocket,” Yolanda Spivey, an African-American woman, applied for over 300 jobs last year in the insurance industry. Spivey had over 10 years of experience in the field and had not received one call.

Even when she went back to college and completed her degree, she still did not receive any responses. It was not until she changed her race from “Black” to “White” on her Monster.com application and changed her name to “Bianca White”did she start getting attention from employers. At the end of her week-long experiment, 24 employers reviewed Bianca’s resume while only 10 looked at Yolanda’s.

Julianne Malveaux, an economist and former president of Bennett College for Women, says that although it may seem like the high unemployment rate is disproportionately targeting blacks, she explains that the populations that are most affected are the urban-living Black men.

“One thing the president can do is accelerate, deepen, and strengthen the enforcement of anti-discrimination policies” Bernard Anderson told Green County Democrat, an economist at the University of Pennsylvania, “That’s one thing the president can do and from all the evidence, the Obama administration has been asleep at the switch.”

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