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Can women get a break? First we learned from the Census that women were making 77 cent for each dollar a man makes doing the same thing and although there are binders full of qualified women. The unemployment rate for women treads higher than men’s. Now those good old Census folks have released new numbers revealing that in the female-dominated field of nursing men are also beating out women in pay.
As of late male-dominated fields like construction have an unemployment rate of 16.1 percent, while health care workers have an unemployment rate of only 5.4 percent. That’s over two points lower than the national unemployment rate, which has lead to more males taking up careers as nurses. They are now making up 10 percent of all nurses, which is the highest level of male nurses ever.
When comparing apples to apples male nurses earn about nine percent more than female nurses. Part of the reason, the Census study suggests, is explained by the phenomenon known as the “glass escalator” in which men earn higher wages and faster promotions in female-dominated professions. The study also found that men were more likely to work in the highest-earning segments of the field and had an easier time getting hired for a job.
As we know there are still many forms of discrimination, and for women the numbers prove it. With glass ceilings and glass escalators, women have to have nerves of steel to shatter the glass and get what they deserve!
To those singing praises of what a desegregated melting pot America is today, Pamela R. Bennett, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, says we haven’t come as far as they may think. Although the growth of multiracial Americans suggests greater racial tolerance, there is still racial segregation among these groups, her new study has found.
Using where people live as a symbol of their social status, Bennett studied the residential location of people who identified themselves with more than one racial group when filling out their 2000 and 2010 census forms. For both years, Bennett found that the social position of multiracial groups falls between blacks and whites, but multiracial groups have their own racial breakdowns. There was a lesser degree of segregation among people who are both black and white when compared to those who only identified as black; yet the black-white multiracials appear to be more segregated than Asian-white or American Indian–white multiracials across various segregation measures.
“For patterns of segregation in 2000, taking socioeconomic status into account does not change that picture,” Bennett said. “So while some scholars and activists view official recognition of multiracial identities as a movement toward the deconstruction of race, I caution against such an optimistic narrative for now.”
While it isn’t necessarily surprising to the black community that those mixed without any African ancestry would be higher up on the social totem pole, it knocks a bit of steam out of arguments suggesting multiracial people are a sea of harmoniously blended faces all subjected to the same issues.
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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Change is constant. And nowhere does that ring more true than in the major cities across America. Immigration, gentrification, and the cost of living all factor into where Blacks have settled over the years. The following list includes the top big cities with the largest Black populations according to 2010 census. In another ten years, we can guess that the bottom five may fall off the list.
10. Los Angeles, CA 859, 086
L.A’s black population is definitely dwindling, as its Hispanic population continues to rise. Today, preference for city jobs is given to bi-lingual speakers.
It seems that in the last decade, there’s been a lot of bad news for the U.S. economy and just when things seemed to be getting better, they got worse. A new report by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that the national poverty rate has risen to 15.1% which is the highest rate reported since 1983. That percentage roughly translates to 46.2 million Americans living below the poverty line.
Unemployment and the shrinking of the economy is the culprit for the stunning poverty levels. In addition, median income fell 2.3 percent between 2009-2010. As the cost of living is increasing, salaries are not keeping up. Nearly 50 million Americans lack health insurance, which includes freelancers and those with full-time jobs whose employers have cuts costs by cutting health insurance.
With many jobs going overseas and demands of the economy rapidly changing, it’s time for the American economy to embrace fruitful change.
(Washington Post) — Hispanics surpassed blacks in 2010 to become the second-largest racial or ethnic group of young adults in America’s colleges, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data. The number of Hispanic college students ages 18 to 24 rose by a remarkable 24 percent in one year, to 1.8 million, according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Hispanic Center. The federal Current Population Survey found 7.7 million white college students in that age group, 1.7 million black students and 800,000 Asian Americans. Black students still outnumber Hispanics in the overall college population, which includes older adults.
(Wall Street Journal) — City Hall has filed a formal challenge to the New York City population totals reported in the 2010 U.S. Census, claiming that large swaths of Queens and Brooklyn went uncounted. In March, the Census Bureau announced that the city had grown by 2.1% to a high of 8.2 million residents during the first decade of 2000, a number far below the city’s own projections. During the 1990s, Census figures showed that the city grew at more than double that rate. The initial count for Brooklyn said the most populous borough grew by 39,000, a 1.6% increase, while Queens added 1,300 residents, less than 1%.
(New York Times) — New York City edged a baby step closer to racial equilibrium in the last decade, according to census results released this month. Compared with the 1990s, the numbers of Hispanic and Asian New Yorkers grew more slowly; blacks recorded their first population loss since the Civil War; and non-Hispanic whites, who registered their smallest population loss in decades, also logged the biggest gains of any group among young children. As a result, according to the 2010 census, the city was 33 percent non-Hispanic white, 29 percent Hispanic, 23 percent black and 13 percent Asian. In 2000, the city’s makeup was 35 percent non-Hispanic white, 27 percent Hispanic, 25 percent black and 10 percent Asian.
(Chicago Tribune) — Tamika Miller knows what she wants in a husband. Her Mr. Right would be ambitious and driven, well-mannered and polite, smart, attractive, faithful and, of course, ready for family life. But the 35-year-old Alsip woman has one thing hampering her dating search: she’s an African-American woman hoping to meet and marry an African-American man. And that puts her in the category of singles least likely to marry, according to U.S. census figures. ”I am getting older. I’ve never been married. I don’t have any children. And that’s something that I want in my life,” she said. “It’s hard to meet black guys who want to be in a committed relationship. And that’s what I’m looking for.” Recently, stories like Miller’s have been recounted so often that they’ve created a boutique industry — comedian Steve Harvey and actor Hill Harperhave written books on the matter; there have been reality shows, blogs and YouTube videos; and ABCproduced a ”Nightline” segment on the topic.
(The Grio) — Prince George’s County is the most racially diverse county in Maryland, according to recent U.S. Census Bureau figures cited in the Baltimore Business Journal. Minority groups account for 80.8 percent of the residents of Prince George’s County, according to the report.
(AP) — A catastrophic flood emptied New Orleans of much of its black youth. Powerful social forces may be doing a similar thing to places like Harlem and Chicago’s South Side. Over the past decade, the inner-city neighborhoods that have served for generations as citadels of African-American life and culture have been steadily draining of black children. Last year’s census found that the number of black, non-Hispanic children living in New York City had fallen by 22.4 percent in 10 years. In raw numbers, that meant 127,058 fewer black kids living in the city of Jay Z and Spike Lee, even as the number of black adults grew slightly. The same pattern has repeated from coast to coast. Los Angeles saw a 31.8 percent decline in its population of black children, far surpassing the 6.9 percent drop in black adults. The number of black children in Atlanta fell by 27 percent. It was down 31 percent in Chicago and 37.6 percent in Detroit. Oakland, Calif. saw a drop of 42.3 percent, an exodus that fell only 6 percentage points below the decline in flood-ravaged New Orleans.