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African American Unemployment

Why The Fed's Rate Hike Will Hit Black People Harder Than Whites

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 12.18.2015 | Black Voices

The Federal Reserve’s decision to raise its benchmark interest rate on Wednesday is bad news for black workers. The move is expected to put downward...

The Nation's Capital Has Its Worst Black Unemployment Rate

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 11.04.2015 | Black Voices

The African American unemployment rate in Washington, D.C. is 13.6 percent -- higher than in any state in the country. Illinois, where the black unemp...

Black Unemployment Is Too High. Here's How The Fed Can Change That.

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 11.01.2015 | Business

Progressives often argue that Federal Reserve policies that prioritize full employment can especially benefit African-Americans. As economic growth lo...

The Missing Piece for Young Men of Color: Jobs

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

With the President making historic strides in launching My Brother's Keeper and, together with Congress, passing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act there is no better time than now to make a focus on jobs real throughout the country.

Arthur Delaney

Black Unemployment Drives 'Perpetual, Slow-Moving Recession' | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.22.2013 | Black Voices

This article is part of a Huffington Post series examining the state of Black America. To read more, click here. BRYANS ROAD, Md. -- Tatia Pritchet...

How High Is African-American Unemployment And Is It Going Down? | Posted 05.28.2013 | Black Voices

Last hired, first fired. It's a cliche of the labor market that becomes an especially bitter reality during economic downturns. In both the Great Depr...

Is a Green Job or Business Right for You?

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 06.25.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Economic recovery is evading our most struggling populations. But as we celebrate Earth Day, now is a fitting time to highlight how the emerging green sector can bridge our communities to economic opportunity.

Male African-American Unemployment Is Over 50 Percent Among Dropouts | Posted 03.30.2013 | Black Voices

More than half of male African-American high school dropouts are unemployed, according to a new online analysis of unemployment data by Remapping Deba...

How Spending At Black-Owned Businesses Can Help Reduce Black Unemployment

Daryl Williams | Posted 05.07.2012 | Small Business
Daryl Williams

There is $850 billion moving through black consumers' hands each year, with 90 percent of that amount going to businesses owned and controlled by non-black businesses, according to James Clingman Jr. That is a vast amount of revenue that never makes its way to the African American community.

The Golden Years: One Step Forward or Several Steps Back?

Gerry Hudson | Posted 04.18.2012 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

While the recent drop in unemployment numbers is great news, I wonder about how it will impact older African-American baby boomers. Our looming retirement security crisis, disproportionally affects African Americans, many of whom are retiring in poverty after a lifetime of work.

Black on Black Tax Math

Tom Matlack | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Tom Matlack

Warren Buffet released his tax returns yesterday, confirming that he paid 17 percent federal income tax (he paid $7 million on $40 million of income),...

The Senate's Turn: Time to Pass the American Jobs Act

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

The American Jobs Act will protect against the devastation caused by joblessness, both by preventing some job loss and by sustaining families when unemployment occurs.

Startup Black America... Where Do We Start?

Mike Green | Posted 11.12.2011 | Black Voices
Mike Green

I propose we invest in creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem with a goal of generating 150,000 jobs in the next 12 months.

Obama Opens the Door

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

The recession continues to fall hardest on African American and Latino communities, with 16.7 and 11.3 percent unemployment respectively -- far above the national average. The president was right to highlight programs that can target these communities directly.

Black Unemployment Surges To Highest Level Since 1984

CNNMoney | Annalyn Censky | Posted 11.02.2011 | Business

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....

Goodbye, Freedom

Eddie Glaude, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Eddie Glaude, Jr., Ph.D.

We have to reimagine struggle in light of the fundamental shift in the very nature of American governance. A new language is urgently needed; a revolution of the imagination in action is required.

Will Economic Setbacks Lead to a Political Back Lash in 2012?

Jennifer Streaks | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Jennifer Streaks

There needs to be an immediate, aggressive approach in tackling these issues for minorities to stay engaged in the political process. High unemployment, foreclosures, health insurance issues, etc. are forcing this demographic to wonder what's in it for them in 2012.

Greatest Racial Wealth Gap in Decades; Time for Immediate Action

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

We are now officially witnessing the largest ethnic wealth disparity in decades. For those who claim we are in some sort of 'post-racial' society, I have news for you: we are anything but.

Janell Ross

Black Unemployment Rises Even As Overall Jobless Rate Drops | Janell Ross | Posted 11.13.2012 | Business

Two weeks. That was the longest stretch of time Michael Seals, 58, has ever looked for work. That was the longest stretch, until now. Seals, an ...

William Alden

Black Americans Especially Vulnerable To Spending Cuts, Study Shows | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Whenever governments cut spending, the pain is uneven. But African Americans are especially vulnerable, as a disproportionately high number rely on g...

Peter S. Goodman

Divided States of America: Black America Suffers Depression-Like Joblessness | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The latest snapshot of the American job market, released by the Labor Department on Friday, confirms what most ordinary people already knew without ne...

Congress, Get To Work: America Needs Jobs

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

Crossposted from OurFuture.Org "I have worked all my life." It's something that's true of many Americans, whether employed or unemployed. But it has a...

The Other Main Street: Unemployment, Deficits & False Choices

Michael J. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Wilson

Life is grim on most Main Streets, but some Main Streets are far worse than others. Take Martin Luther King Boulevard in Austin or Martin Luther King Street in Jackson, MS.

Navigating the Jobs Crisis: Race to the Unemployment Line

Barbara R. Arnwine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Barbara R. Arnwine

Obama is right to note that he must "get the economy as a whole moving to be able to help anybody," but that effort should not be mutually exclusive from assisting those communities disproportionately impacted.

The Recession: A New Disaster for Black Men

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David R. Jones, Esq.

The dangers of giving so many no hope in the American economy is going to be a fault line that will haunt us for generations if we don't begin to address it.