Black unemployment: Highest in 27 years
By Annalyn Censky @CNNMoney September 2, 2011: 3:13 PM ET

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The August jobs report was dismal for plenty of reasons, but perhaps most striking was the picture it painted of racial inequality in the job market.
Black unemployment surged to 16.7% in August, its highest level since 1984, while the unemployment rate for whites fell slightly to 8%, the Labor Department reported.
"This month's numbers continue to bear out that longstanding pattern that minorities have a much more challenging time getting jobs," said Bill Rodgers, chief economist with the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.
Black unemployment has been roughly double that of whites since the government started tracking the figures in 1972.
Economists blame a variety of factors. The black workforce is younger than the white workforce, lower numbers of blacks get a college degree and many live in areas of the country that were harder hit by the recession -- all things that could lead to a higher unemployment rate.
But even excluding those factors, blacks still are hit with higher joblessness.
Unemployment rate, state by state
"Even when you compare black and white workers, same age range, same education, you still see pretty significant gaps in unemployment rates," said Algernon Austin, director of the Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy program at the Economic Policy Institute. "So I do think the fact of racial discrimination in the labor market continues to play a role."
About 155,000 blacks got jobs in August, but the group's unemployment rate still went up because those jobs weren't enough to make up for all the people who started looking for work during the month.
However, the gain for whites of 211,000 jobs was enough to bring their unemployment rate down.

Overall, black men have it the worst, with joblessness at a staggeringly high 19.1%, compared to 14.5% for black women.
Black unemployment has now remained above 10% for four straight years, and the given current economic sluggishness, some experts say it's safe to predict the rate will remain above 10% for four more years.
"Our job creation is just not happening -- certainly not at the rate necessarily to bring rapid reductions to the unemployment rate," Austin said.
Latinos saw their unemployment rate remain unchanged at 11.3% in August. Unemployment remains at 9.1% for the country as a whole.
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Originally posted by Lucas:
Caribj seems to believe that the US is a paradise for blacks.


Guyanese blacks flee to the USA. US blacks do not even visit Guyana. Clearly the USA is better for blacks than Guyana.

You havent even told us what unemployment for blacks in Guyana is. Dont include people scuffling on the side walk as employed either.
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Originally posted by Wally:
Obama has done absolutely nothing for people of colour except being the first man of color to become President.



The level of black male unemployment is almost the same as the great depression.


Well I said that a while ago and his disciples here Kari and Kiddie rushed to his defense.

Right now his people are panicking because their quick polls show that loads of blacks dont plan to vote next year.

This means with a sharo drop in white and Hispanic support predicted Obama is fast on his way to be a distinguished professor at Harvard or Oxford by Feb 2013. He will be much better at that.
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Originally posted by Lucas:
Caribj seems to believe that the US is a paradise for blacks.


Brazil is such a paradise for blacks that they are now building a wall around them in the ghettos. Massa don't wanna see them and when tourists come for the World Cup, they must be hidden from public view. Go read about Social Apartheid in Brazil clown.
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Originally posted by AndrΓ©:
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Originally posted by Lucas:
Caribj seems to believe that the US is a paradise for blacks.


Brazil is such a paradise for blacks that they are now building a wall around them in the ghettos. Massa don't wanna see them and when tourists come for the World Cup, they must be hidden from public view. Go read about Social Apartheid in Brazil clown.

Bai, don't bust Lucas bubble. Dat man think Brazil and China are the anwsers to all the world's social ills.
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Originally posted by asj:
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Black unemployment: Highest in 27 years


Racialism continues in the USA as it was 27 years ago.

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BS, we employed a black president. On the serious side, I do think there is an element of racism in Corporate US however, the issue of black unemployment being higher has always been there. This economy only exasperates the issue.
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Originally posted by AndrΓ©:
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Originally posted by Lucas:
Caribj seems to believe that the US is a paradise for blacks.


Brazil is such a paradise for blacks that they are now building a wall around them in the ghettos. Massa don't wanna see them and when tourists come for the World Cup, they must be hidden from public view. Go read about Social Apartheid in Brazil clown.

Who told you that only blacks lived in the favelas? Poor Brazilians are of all colors.

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