10 Cities Where Black Unemployment Is Rising Fastest: EPI
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Of all demographic groups in the United States, the black community has been hit hardest by the unemployment crisis. Indeed, the percentage of currently unemployed African Americans is more than double that of whites, comparing more closely in some cities to those of the Great Depression.
In major cities like Detroit, Milwaukee and Minneapolis, black unemployment doubled from 2007 to 2010, with each of those cities recording jobless rates of more than 20 percent in 2010, according to the Economic Policy Institute. Those figures reflect the wider trend of skyrocketing black unemployment. In August, nationwide black unemployment stood at 16.7 percent, compared to an average of 8.5 percent in 2007.
Economists blame the black unemployment crisis on a variety of factors, including a younger workforce, a smaller proportion of college-educated job candidates and a higher population of citizens living in areas that have been most affected by recession, according to CNN Money.
Overall, however, the unemployment gap between blacks and whites has stayed relatively the same through the economic crisis. According to the Economic Policy Insitute, in 2009 and 2010 the national black-to-white unemployment ratio was 2-to-1 -- roughly the same as it's been since the government began keeping track in 1972, CNN Money reports.
Here are the 10 cities with the fastest growing black unemployment, according to the Economic Policy Institute: