Black Women Struggle With Unemployment During Economic Recovery

July 16, 2012  |  

During President Obama’s town hall meeting today in Ohio, he addressed two of the most pressing issues of the 2012 election —  jobs and the economy.

These issues are particularly pressing for African-American women, who have been deeply hurt by the recession. The struggle continues during the recovery.

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry gave us a startling statistic from the National Women’s Law Center to that effect this weekend: Women have regained only 24 percent of the jobs lost during the recession (between June 2009 and June 2012) while men have regained 39 percent of jobs. Moreover, Black women continued to lose jobs during the recovery even as other groups have gained. Among the underlying issues facing Blacks are the cuts to public sector jobs.

Overall, unemployment continues to rise in the Black community, with the latest jobs numbers showing a 14.4 percent jobless rate among African Americans. Unemployment nationally remained unchanged from the 8.2 percent figure posted in May. MHP and her roundtable of guests break down the issues in the clip available here.

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