High Black Unemployment Rate Continues

A new report by UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education finds that throughout 2011, Black worker unemployment remained in the 15 to 16 percent range, while unemployment for the rest of the workforce dropped below 9 percent.
“The jobs gap between Black and white workers is a story that we’ve seen for more than 50 years, but this report shows that unemployment rates for Black workers have not fallen as much as they have for their white and Latino counterparts,” said Steven Pitts, a labor policy specialist at the center and author of the report.
The report also found when Black women and Black men are examined separately, Black female unemployment rates rose, while Black male unemployment rates fell.

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