Employment rate for black men at record low

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Artful D0dger, May 14, 2011.

  1. http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelo...t/employment-rate-for-black-men-at-record-low

    If the election of America's first African-American president was expected to give blacks an economic boost, it hasn't emerged yet. Indeed, the percentage of African-American men with a job has dropped to its lowest level since records began in 1972, according to the government's monthly jobs report released last week.
    Even as the economy added a better-than-expected 244,000 jobs, the percentage of black males over 20 who are currently employed dropped slightly to 56.9, the Labor Department's April report shows. For whites, the equivalent figure is 68.1 percent.
    Before this recession, the percentage of black adult men with a job had never dropped below 60 percent, according to Labor Department statistics.
    And among blacks, it's not just men who are suffering. Just 51.5 percent of African-Americans across the board--compared to 59.5 percent of whites--have a job, the numbers show. That's the lowest level for blacks since 1984. (That group includes 16- to 19-year-olds, who are employed at a far lower rate than their elders.)
    These employment rates are calculated differently from the top-line unemployment rate, which includes only those actively looking for work, and inched back up last month to 9 percent.
    Heather Boushey, an economist with the liberal Center for American Progress, told The Lookout it's not just African-Americans who have been hit particularly hard. It's also other traditionally struggling groups, such as ex-offenders and those without a college degree.
    "Anyone who would be last on an employer's list to get a job is really in bad shape" in the current downturn, Boushey said.
    And employers' hiring practices may be making the problem worse. As we've reported, online job listings telling the unemployed not to apply have proliferated in recent years. The federal government is currently probing whether such listings illegally discriminate against African Americans, who are disproportionately likely to be among the jobless.
    Nonetheless, much of the media has focused on the travails of educated white men--still a comparatively flourishing group--during the downturn.
    (Faye McWilliams Pearson, a volunteer at Miami's Pass-It-On Ministries, left, works with Douglas Willock, center and Stephen Smith, both unemployed, giving them information about job fairs and a box of food that will last a week: J Pat Carter/AP)
  2. Lucrum


    Obviously the government is not spending enough money on this problem. Everyone knows "mo" money fixes everything.
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  4. Some say the laws have made it almost impossible to fire a black worker... so why the Hell would anyone hire one?

    Unintended consequences of the greedy...
  5. It's all Barry's fault! [​IMG]

  6. pspr


    The Dems have got to keep those minorities down so they can keep them on the government dole and get their vote. 'Cause if they get out and make something of themselves they might figure out that the Dems are their enemy and not their friend.
  7. 377OHMS


    Exactly. The democrats try to turn ethnic minorities into a dependent class. They want people on welfare so they can count on their votes.
  8. That's interesting, and perfectly logical. However, can you point me to a developed, modern nation where they are not largely a dependent welfare class? Even if there was such a nation, there's no denying the fact that African people, and the African diaspora generally tend to have poorer social outcomes than the other groups in their society, except for in Africa: the geopolitical macro welfare state. Does the democrat conspiracy explain all of this phenomena too?

  9. 377OHMS


    It is the fundemental flaw with Democracy. Once the poor realize they can vote to give themselves public money it is all over.
  10. jem


    Its two separate questions.

    1. would be, should the be a "safety net" and if so how should it be administered.

    2. if black people are not doing as well as whites, what is the cause?

    I am not really interested in 2.
    I am interested in providing a safety net which "incentivises" people to work. Benefits shrink over time to and getting a basic job is rewarded.
    #10     May 14, 2011