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The report indicates that black unemployment in America still remains a complicated problem for the US even as Bureau of Labor Statistics figures indicate a national decline.


The recent drop in unemployment has not reached members of the black community.

The national number is at 8.3 percent. However, blacks have
historically faced much higher unemployment rates and they continue to do so. Darrel Bynum has been unemployed for more than three years. And when the workforce is low that means unemployment is high.

In some areas of the country black unemployment is more than twice the rate of whites. Latinos fall in the middle.

In neighboring Maryland, black unemployment is at its lowest rate at 11.2 percent. But that figure is roughly at the same level of the highest unemployment rate for whites, which is 11.7 percent in the state of Nevada. Five states have black unemployment rates more than 20 percent--even as the national number is below 9 percent.

Washington DC’s black unemployment rate is above 21 percent.

Algernon Austin, one of the authors of the report says the black unemployment dynamic is created by several factors--education of course being one of them. But he also points to racism as a long-standing cause.

Meanwhile, much of the nation’s black population is told they’re fighting against the odds of finding long-term employment.


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