black unemployment

Despite a slumping economy, states like North Dakota seem to be doing fairly well. With an unemployment rate slightly over 3 percent and the highest job growth in the nation, some say North Dakota and its neighboring states (Montana, South Dakota and Minnesota), are the best options for African-Americans looking to find work. But with unemployment as […]

The African-American jobless rate climbed from 15.9 to 16.7, which only strengthens the argument of Black lawmakers that there is a critical need to specifically address this problem. Their white counterparts who saw their unemployment rate decrease to 8.0% in August from 8.1% in July, African Americans saw their unemployment rate increase to 16.7% in […]

The Fiscal Policy Institute recently came out with a report detailing estimated percentages of the Black male unemployment crisis in different neighborhoods of New York City. Just last month, billionaires George Soros and Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a plan to help assist minority men; and cut down on some of the factors that result in […]

In a recent BlackPlanet/NewsOne poll, 74 percent of African Americans polled approve of President Obama’s handling of the economy while 26 percent disapprove. The poll stands in sharp contrast to the Gallup Poll conducted on August 14th which found 74 percent of American disapprove of Obama’s handling of the economy, while only 26 percent of approve. […]

White House spokesman Jay Carney defended President Obama Tuesday against criticism from prominent Black leaders who have said Obama is ignorning the Black community while reaching out to white independents. According to Carney, the issue is not one of race. The president is helping Black people by working to boost the struggling economy and helping […]

President Obama said during a Tuesday radio show that hiring discrimination against the jobless “makes absolutely no sense” and that he supports legislation to ban the practice. Sybil Wilkes, a co-host of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” asked the president about long-term unemployment and businesses that tell applicants, “If you’re unemployed, we don’t want to […]

While the recession hit black men harder than any other group, the economic recovery has shifted that impact to their female counterparts, according to a recent report by the National Women’s Law Center, which shows that black women have lately seen their unemployment rate rise even as other populations—including black men—have finally begun to regain […]

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has approved a bill creating a commission aimed at researching disparities in the African-American community. The commission will study social and economic issues including health services, employment and education. “We know that disparities exist within the African-American community, preventing some from achieving their full potential,” Quinn said in a statement. “In […]

Nearly 4,000 job seekers attended a Congressional Black Caucus job fair held at Cleveland State University Monday, TheRoot.com reports. The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) launched a “For the People” Jobs Initiative in response to alarmingly high unemployment rates in Black America. VIDEO: Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) hosted the fair, and afterward, she and other members […]

As the most recent data demonstrates scant growth in the nation’s employment rate, lawmakers on Capitol Hill appear to be abruptly shifting their discussions regarding raising the nation’s debt ceiling back to a chief concern of many Americans: unemployment. But leaders in the nation’s capital – a place where unemployment nears 25 percent in some […]