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(City Limits) — Nearly one in five black men around the country is unemployed. In New York City, the unemployment rate for black men is twice as high as for white women. And millions of black men are neither working nor considered “unemployed” because they have left the labor force altogether. While jobless rates rose in the recession, blacks—and especially black men—have since at least the 1940s fared substantially worse in the job market than whites, even those with roughly comparable skills. Now, black lawmakers are pressuring the Obama administration to focus federal help on areas of high unemployment.

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