Friday, June 5, 2015

African-Americans Are Still Not Finding Employment

The Department of Labor's May  2015 updated employment numbers reveal a rise in the national  unemployment rate from 5.4 to 5.5 percent.

The uptick is a historical trend driven by  more people seeking summer jobs. In short, more people looking for jobs results in more people not finding jobs.

What's concerning is the continuing rise in unemployment for African-Americans.

While the unemployment rate for whites rose from 4.4 to 4.5 percent, the rise for African-Americans was much greater, jumping from 8.9 to 10.0. This despite the fact that 280,000 jobs were added to the economy in May.

If it's any consolation - white women aren't snagging  jobs as successfully as they have in the past.

 The rate for white women rose from 3.9 to 4.2 percent, while the rate for white males actually decreased from 4.2 to 4.1 percent. And while the rate for African-American women rose from 8.1 to 8.2 percent, African-American men saw a much greater rise, from 8.7 to 10.5 percent.

There's a gut-retching irony attached to the ongoing African-American unemployment rate. Four hundred years ago they were the workingest people in America- hell they built a large portion of this country. Four hundred years later most African Americans can't find any semblance of employment. SMH.

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