The Economic Crisis and Black Youth

January 13, 2011  |  

(The Network Journal) — Under current conditions, disenfranchised Black youth are said to be in danger of falling further and further behind. In fact, according to a conference on Millenials held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., unemployment is affecting this generation, arguably, more than any other. If this is a long drawn out period of unemployment, and they don’t feel change and any answer or solution, frustration could be exhibited in various ways. Pew Research Center has noted that employment for native-born blacks decreased by 142,000 in the first year of the recovery and that the unemployment rate for native-born blacks increased from 15.4% to 16.3%. The figures are evident at the same time Pew actually reports an 8% increase in Black enrollment at higher institutions.

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