All Articles Tagged "african american unemployment rate"
More on Madame Noire!
- How I Learned To Stop Expecting My Vagina To Smell Like Roses And Just Loved It For What It Is
- Bison For Life: 10 Famous Ladies Who Went To Howard University
- Momma Dee on Bicth, Erica, Shay & Scrappy and Judgmental People
- Planet of the Naps: One Woman’s [Satirical] Story
- You Should Take Things Slow, But How Slow Is Too Slow? 7 Signs You’ve Been Put In The Dreaded “Gray Zone”
- Can’t Decide Whether to Stay or Go? Ask Yourself These 7 Questions
- Missed Opportunities: Did I Reject the Wrong Guy?
by Charlotte Young
Around the country the job search is finally yielding results for many of exhausted job searchers. The unemployment rate is falling for the third consecutive month and in December 200,000 jobs in the private sector were created. Unfortunately, as The Seattle Medium points out, African Americans aren’t exactly benefiting from the job increase. In fact, the African American unemployment rate has increased from 15.5 to 15.8 percent, with black women experiencing the biggest loss.
Although the unemployment rate for African American women is 13.9 percent, lower than the male rate of 15.7 percent, this year African American men have actually gained jobs while African American women have lost them. This is partially due to what jobs are being created in the economy. Many companies are creating positions for construction and redevelopment jobs, roles predominately filled by men. Jobs that women tend to take such as teachers, social workers and nurses, are still being cut. In addition, about 23 percent of African Americans work at some level of the government. And at the federal, state and local level, government workers are being let go, not hired.
As so many are trying to get back on their feet, the gap in employment has also created a growing wealth gap. The Seattle Medium reports that the median wealth of American families has dropped to $20,500—compared to the Congressional gain of $725,000.
While the unemployment rate may continue to drop, it still encompasses about 13.1 million people still looking for work. In the competitive pool so large odds are tough for African American women.
A YourBlackWorld found that 88 percent of its audience felt they’ve been racially discriminated against in the workplace, at some point in their careers.
5 percent said they had not been and 6 percent said they weren’t sure whether it was discrimination or not.
The results were pretty consistent between men and women.
This is certainly a story we’ve heard before; but, these numbers are particularly troubling when the unemployment rate among African Americans is 15.3 percent compared to 8 percent for whites.
Have you ever felt you were the victim of racial discrimination at work? How did you know it was racial?
(Politics 365) – The U.S. Labor Department reported on Friday that unemployment for African Americans increased to 16.3% in August 2010 from 15.6% in July 2010. The percentage point increase was greater than it was for Whites and Hispanics. Overall unemployment climbed to 9.6% for the month of August from the July unemployment rate of 9.5%. The unemployment rate is defined as that portion of the labor force that is unemployed and actively seeking work. The labor force is comprised of all people over the age of 16 that are either working for pay or actively seeking work for pay.