Black Unemployment: Highest in 27 Years

Annalyn Censky, CNN Money, September 2, 2011

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.

Black unemployment surged to 16.7% in August, its highest level since 1984, while the unemployment rate for whites fell slightly to 8%, the Labor Department reported.

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Black unemployment has been roughly double that of whites since the government started tracking the figures in 1972.

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“Even when you compare black and white workers, same age range, same education, you still see pretty significant gaps in unemployment rates,” said Algernon Austin, director of the Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy program at the Economic Policy Institute. “So I do think the fact of racial discrimination in the labor market continues to play a role.”

About 155,000 blacks got jobs in August, but the group’s unemployment rate still went up because those jobs weren’t enough to make up for all the people who started looking for work during the month.

However, the gain for whites of 211,000 jobs was enough to bring their unemployment rate down.

Overall, black men have it the worst, with joblessness at a staggeringly high 19.1%, compared to 14.5% for black women.

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  • E Pluribus Pluribus

    “Even when you compare black and white workers, same age range, same education, you still see pretty significant gaps in unemployment rates.”

    ===

    Apples and oranges. Blacks and whites of the “same education” level differ dramatically in academic proficiency. Example: high school seniors:

    “By the time [minority students] reach grade 12, if they do so at all, minority students are about four years behind other young people. Indeed, 17 year-old African American and Latino students have skills in English, mathematics and science similar to those of 13-year-old white students.” (Education Trust, “Closing the Achievement Gap,” National Governors Association Clearinghouse, 2002, 9th paragraph)

    http://tinyurl.com/2d6sayq

  • Retired Cop

    Their unemployment rate is the direct result of their attitude:

    1. You have to hire me.

    2. You can not make me work.

    3. You can not fire me.

  • chuck

    I would imagine that many blacks who don’t have a job blame the whites for this. I would suggest they look in a mirror and ask themselves if this is someone they would hire. Lower IQ, poor english language skills and an anti-work attitude combine to make them unhireable. in fact most hispanics, for whom english is not their first language, easily attain fluency that surpasses most african-americans. Blacks simply sound stupid when they talk…is it genetic or environmental…who knows.

  • Mr Pibb

    At least we’re not living in those bad olden times before the 1960’s where whites where extra bigoted and ignorant and the black employment rate was higher than that of whites.

  • MAJ

    Look who they interview. Algernon Austin, a racist, excuse-making, black communist dope who literally makes a living yelling “white racism” from some institute with a fancy sounding name.

    He says:

    “Even when you compare black and white workers, same age range, same education, you still see pretty significant gaps in unemployment rates,” said Algernon Austin, director of the Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy program at the Economic Policy Institute. “So I do think the fact of racial discrimination in the labor market continues to play a role.”

    Ten thousand years from now, Austin’s descendants will be saying, “Even when you compare black and white workers, black and space alien workers, black and robots workers, you still see pretty significant gaps in unemployment rates, so I do think the fact of racial discrimination in the labor market continues to play a role.”

    This does not help solve the problem. Of course he’s going to claim discrimination and not criminal records, no education, poor work ethic, or genetic limitations. He’s the worst kind of idiot race hustler.

    This is a classic MSM ploy and proof of their anti-white complicity. CNN knows the answer they want and who to go to get it. And how many clueless whites sit there nodding their brainwashed heads in agreement?

  • WR the elder

    “Even when you compare black and white workers, same age range, same education, you still see pretty significant gaps in unemployment rates,” said Algernon Austin, director of the Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy program at the Economic Policy Institute. “So I do think the fact of racial discrimination in the labor market continues to play a role.”

    Typical liberal nonsense. They take a white person with a degree in electrical engineering and equate him with a black person with a degree in black studies.

    Obama is perfectly happy to let millions of illegals take the sort of jobs black people are capable of doing. So he and his liberal buddies are much more responsible for the high rate of black unemployment than is any so-called “discrimination”.

  • Anonymous

    With the nation in a recession every person hired by private employers must offer maximum value and there is heavy competition for positions. Productivity, efficiency, responsibility, independent problem-solving and reliability are of the utmost importance. So private companies, small businesses, hiring managers etc. are making damn sure they are getting the best value for their money. Its not like government jobs where attendance is about the only thing that matters and not whether you actually accomplish anything. Since government hiring has been severely limited lately and they are the single biggest employer of africans I would expect that is the main reason for the disparity.

  • Anonymous

    Illegal immigrants are working many jobs black men used to do. Many black men used to cook in restaurants, do handiman jobs and custodial and yard work and construction. Here in California, it is rare to see black or white men in most of those jobs. I saw a news article on an indoor pool restoration. There was a picture of the men working on the tiles. The men were practically clones of one another, clearly from the same area of Mexico.

    I just had a shed built and I could have had a co-worker’s handiman boyfriend build it. He’s black, and I hate to say it, but I did not trust him to behave in a professional manner. He probably would have come on to me. He has a drinking problem. He does not like a woman to tell him anything. All drawbacks I did not want to deal with. I think a lot of the black men have chips on their shoulders too heavy to carry and still function. People hire Mexicans for many reasons besides cheap labor.

  • Kenelm Digby

    Of course, the real reason why black unemployment has soared (hispanics have displaced them from the labor market), is never mentioned.

  • Detroit WASP

    In Detroit, Black unemployment is estimated at about 50%. Some people have NEVER worked a day in their lives.

    I think some believe their “job” is reproduction and smoking weed.

  • Jim

    I guess we’re not giving them enought phony jobs with phony status. We must artificially prop them up from cradle to grave, or they revert to being … what they really are.

  • ProudtobeWhite

    The fact is that many blacks are sinply unemployable. Too many of them see getting an education as “acting white” so they grow up functionally illiterate, listening to poisonous rap and blaming their condition on racism and Whitey. Many live without a moral copmpass, with no family structure or values, and look for a quick score of drugs and booty. This cycle will repeat itself ad nauseum, at White people’s expense. No amount of money thrown at the problem will fix it.

  • BAW

    Perhaps the current Great Recession was an excuse to get rid of a lot of affirmative action dead wood and to do so in such a way as to reduce the chances of a lawsuit; after all, “we’re letting you go because of the bad economy and our business is slow…” is better than “you show up late and fool around…”

  • Anonymous

    To Detroit WASP-yeah, I have to agree with you. Too many blacks probably never have had a job more than five minutes in their lives, or certainly act that way if they get hired. As for construction, a field I used to work in as a white woman, blacks have largely, because of their own dysfunctional behaviours, attitudes, refusal to put in an honest days work, and nonstop sense of entitlement have made themselves unemployable. So let the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP and white liberals continue to howl “racism”. An individuals’s attitude and willingness to work hard is largely which gets him or her hired and then possibly fired in the first place.

  • Anonymoose

    Long ago I heard statistic of interest. Reportedly, the poverty rate for African-American college graduates with a bachelors degree only was about 33 percent. That compared to 16 percent for whites. Even Ivy League grads have a poverty rate, although the institutions probably would admit to what it is. I guess about two to three percent. I doubt this situation has changed much since to 1980s.

    Isn’t this at least a little due to blowback from affirmative action, which effectively mandates job related degrees in many cases? This issue had existed since the early 1970s.

    Interesting, isn’t it, that once branch of the federal government would be financing higher education for the economically disadvantaged while another one (the Supreme Court) was endeavoring to make those degrees useless in many cases.

    Congress cannot remedy this situation. The Supreme Court itself will not. But the impact of the civil rights precedents of the Burger court has spread through society and become the nexus through which everything else flow. Throughout American history, the court has always been a powerful arbiter of what the features of society will be. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was at least forthright enough to admit as much early in her career as a high court justice. Almost always, race has been the hook this impetus has been hung on. Dred Scott, Plessy v. Fergueson, Brown v. Topeka and on into the affirmative action era.

    Sometimes even the intended beneficiaries fall into the coils of court mandated regulation right along with the victims.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah. Illegal aliens are doing the jobs blacks won’t do. That’s what they mean when they say Hispanics are only doing jobs Americans don’t want. They mean jobs the blacks don’t want. We should cut off welfare to any able bodied black man.

  • Peejay in Frisco

    So black unemployment is the fault of Whites, because Whites wont hire them all the time. What is the black unemployment rate in Haiti? Over 80% (and rising).

  • Anonymous

    In my (Upstate New York) neck of the woods, until the early to mid-eighties, most seasonal farm work was done by blacks. No longer. Now it is almost all done by non-English speaking Mexicans, whom I suspect are almost all illegal. My guess is that blacks lack a work ethic, and, more deeply, have a natural aversion to work. As more and more commenters have noted, in Africa the men are not “family” men in the sense the European or Asian are: they are basically sperm donors, who go their own way after impregnating the female. Sort of like most mammals.

  • Tom S.

    As usual, not once is it ever suggested that maybe blacks should be trying to create jobs for THEMSELVES! For a people who supposedly are decendants of kings and queens and invented everything from the wheel to the space shuttle, you would think that wouldn’t be a problem. For example, Maxine Waters complains about high unemployment in her district even though shes been in power since the 70’s. How many jobs has SHE created in those FORTY years? Isn’t that part of her job as an elected official? Why doesn’t anyone ever call her out on that? I’ll answer that myself – because that would be RACISSS! Maybe if she’d spent as much energy creating jobs as she has vilifying White people and lining her pockets, unemployment wouldn’t be a problem in her distict. And what about all those promises that were made at the Million Thug – oops – Man March back in the 90’s – not a single job was created by those “strong black men”.

    Why is it a “given” that Whites are solely responsible for creating jobs for blacks?

  • Buck Ofama

    “Black unemployment surged to 16.7% in August, its highest level since 1984, while the unemployment rate for whites fell slightly to 8%, the Labor Department reported.”

    It continues to amaze me that the Labor Department and CNNMoney can publish these particular statistics, but can’t seem to find the time or space to inform us about the percentage of violent crimes committed by the respective races. Could it be our old pal liberal bias?

  • Anonymous

    Due to the nature of my employment I have occasion to be around many groups of black employees in situations and locations where white people are few and far between and their behavior is appalling. Its a non-stop social event that involves a lot of loud talking, personal phone calls, eating, joking around, cutting up, laughing and general buffoonery. They speak to each other as if they were on the street and use language that would make a sailor blush and I am no prude. I am all for having a bit of fun while you work but this is far beyond what any reasonable person would consider acceptable. The actual work to be done is a low priority if not an afterthought. The first time I had this experience I was really shocked. Now that I have been exposed to it a few times it is easy to see why they have trouble with employment. And I always bring earplugs just so I can hear myself think.

  • george00

    “Even when you compare black and white workers, same age range, same education, you still see pretty significant gaps in unemployment rates,” said Algernon Austin, director of the Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy program at the Economic Policy Institute. “So I do think the fact of racial discrimination in the labor market continues to play a role.”

    Why yes, you are right, racial discrimination in the labor market continues to play a role, so what about it? Why do so many librals think it’s the responsiblity of whites to supply jobs to nonwhites.

    What’s it going to be like when whites are 50% of the population and there are even less whites around to supply nonwhite with a job? This country will be a third world country for sure. If nonwhites were smart they would be working to preserve the white race.

  • Boondoggler

    The problem for blacks is, well, if they actually got a position doing anything, they would have to show up occasionally and then they would not have time to tear things up, burn things down, beat up referees, and perform the ultimately fun time-killer, the knock-out punch. The are milliions of old white people that would not have to fear for their lives while trying to put out fires started by blacks. Blacks are unemployed because they want to be unemployed and wouldn’t do anything if they were employed. If they actually work, suddenly they become part of a team that is building something, even a smally business. Unemployed, they are able to tear up in five minutes what they couldn’t build in a century of trying. This race has become like the worst spoiled child in the history of the world.

  • Robert Binion

    Boondoggler, a seabee once told me that blacks “can tear down more with a spoon than you can build with a front-end loader.”

  • Anonymous

    here is another reason- they major in shooting each other. Also keep in mind that “hispanic” is a federal term to hide all the illegal aliens, who are largely not white and often mulatto. My very white neighbor is having her second baby with a black skinned mexican, while they collect welfare and he mows lawns under the table.

    Update: Shooting in North Portland

    Portland Police Bureau – 09/03/11

    13-year-old Earnest Henderson, 16-year-old Deontray Henderson, 17-year-old Damarcus Stuart, 16-year-old Deshawn Crawford, 16-year-old Deaundre Willis and 16-year-old Howard Williams were all victims shot in last nights shooting. All victims have what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

    The suspects are described as two African American males. The suspects are believed to have fled the scene on foot.

    The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact:

    Detective Mitch Hergert

    503-793-2790

    Detective Michael Frome

    503-793-5641

    ###Original Message###

    On Friday September 2, 2011 at about 11:20 p.m. Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct and officers assigned to the Gang Enforcement Team responded to numerous calls of shots fired in the area of North Albina and Jessup.

    Officers arrived in the area and ultimately located six males who had been shot. No additional details regarding the victims is being released at this time. Officers requested Portland Fire and AMR ambulance respond and treat the victims. All of the victims were transported to area hospitals and all are believed to suffering from non-life-threatening injuries.

    Witnesses indicated the suspects fled the area on foot. No additional details regarding the suspects is available at this time. Investigators believe this is a gang shooting.

    The Forensic Evidence Division and the Gang Violence Reduction Team responded and processed the crime scene. There were shell casing located at the scene.

    No additional details are available at this time and will not be available until mid day tomorrow.

    The investigation is continuing and anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to call:

    Detective Mitch Hergert

    Desk 503:823-2081

  • OleWitchHazel

    And is the educational level of whites TWICE that of the blacks? I’d say it probably is — and right there is the explanation of why blacks have such high unemployment rates. They didn’t want to be bothered by going to school and bettering themselves – they preferred having children as teenagers, doing drugs, selling drugs, etc. etc. — so now they’re whining that it’s all whitey’s fault and they deserve free handouts. PLEASE. That is SO passe’..

  • Tom Iron

    For the most part, black peole just can’t work. When it comes to work, you need a person who can manage themselves. a person who shows up, on time, with the correct tools, attire, attitude, well rested, and most important, consistancy. Blacks don’t have those things and lack any real combination of them to keep them as a reasonable employee in the private sector of employment. They need far too much supervision. complain too much, can’t cope with adversity, and are just an overall drag on whatever company employs them. I always thought that big companies could handle such people, but that’s not true. They produce a rot even in big companies over time, and in the end, if that company doesn’t do something about it, blacks will bring the host company down.

    If there was slavery today, I can’t think of any group of people who know blacks who would buy any of them. What service could they possibly perform in this society?

  • Anonymous

    8 — Anonymous wrote at 12:30 AM on September 3:

    “Illegal immigrants are working many jobs black men used to do. Many black men used to cook in restaurants, do handiman jobs and custodial and yard work and construction. Here in California, it is rare to see black or white men in most of those jobs. I saw a news article on an indoor pool restoration. There was a picture of the men working on the tiles. The men were practically clones of one another, clearly from the same area of Mexico.

    I just had a shed built and I could have had a co-worker’s handiman boyfriend build it. He’s black, and I hate to say it, but I did not trust him to behave in a professional manner. He probably would have come on to me. He has a drinking problem. He does not like a woman to tell him anything. All drawbacks I did not want to deal with. I think a lot of the black men have chips on their shoulders too heavy to carry and still function. People hire Mexicans for many reasons besides cheap labor.”

    I had a girlfriend who owned the home she got from her former husband. She was working, so she hired a Mexican service to take care of her lawn, landscape, etc. They didn’t come on to her, as far as I know, but they DID steal all the tools from her shed. I guess they just thought the white chick didn’t use them anyway. She didn’t even confront them about it. I lived 100 miles away so I couldn’t help either. But the relationship didn’t last so long anyway. I broke up with her after she told me that she went to a public party of some kind and danced with a Mexican. What you are is what you get.

  • content_pessimist

    If it isn’t bad enough that blacks are under performing in schools, jobs etc…and highly represented in crime statistics is that there are some people that will deny these facts till the day they die and for some reason think there is some ray of hope. There isn’t. The same people that say not all blacks are bad are the same ones running and moving farther out of city centers (AKA white flight). To get away from the crime and blacks. Society is running out of excuses for blacks. With all the facts right in front of our eyes don’t know how some people think otherwise is beyond me.

  • Shemp

    When black unemployment reaches 50% nationwide I won’t be surprised if they don’t want it celebrated as a black holiday during black history month or maybe kwanza?

  • Anonymous

    Custer was told that the Indians were on the reservation. He found out the hard way that they weren’t.

    So, where are all these black men who we are told are merely “unemployed”? They’re in the illegal drug trade making lots of money, and they’re buying guns. 31 shot in 48 hours in NYC according to the New York Post on 9/5/11. They’re not on the reservation, they are on the warpath and they’re killing people.

  • Anonymous

    mexicans will come onto any white woman who looks at them for more then ten seconds. I used to glare at illegal mexican males and they took it as sexual interest.

    And please if you hire Illegal mexicans, don’t think they like you, when off-camera the looks of hate are amazing and from females too. Best not to look at them.

    I spend so much energy trying to get them deported and now Obama gave them the first Amnesty in over a decade.

  • Incognito

    What a foolish article.

    Even when you compare black and white workers, same age range, same education, you still see pretty significant gaps in unemployment rates.

    Let’s compare college degrees, shall we? How many blacks “earned” degrees in “communications”, black studies or social work as compared to whites who earned degrees in mechanical engineering, chemistry or applied mathematics?

    Despite that, blacks do not make desirable employees. Ask any employer who’s been forced to suffer from black employees.

  • Anonymous

    All we have to do is take a close look a Liberia and take into the account, the fact that these were our blacks. Liberia could and should be a paradise with its warm water coast and abundance of natural resources. The simple fact of the matter is, you can not make a race of people successful. Their is no way to teach an inquisitive and naturally productive nature. Blacks will build trinkets for their privates and hockey pucks for their lips over castles anytime, its their very nature. I only wish we would have left them alone. They would have never have made the journey on their own their own effort. Black and white employment rates will never be the same because we as whites have a fire to not just survive but excel.

  • Luke

    Well, I am waiting for the announcement that the NBA and NFL will expand to 1,000 teams – so all these unemployed black males can be hired to play a kids game and get paid a minimum of 3 or 4 million dollars a year.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care at all about unemployment numbers. Mainly, because they are all completely false. If an unemployed person fails to attain employment within 6 months, they are simply ‘thrown out of the pool’ and no longer counted. The gov’t ASSUMES they simply do not want employment. This is why their numbers are 100% bunk on this topic.

    The situation is DIRE. I recently lived in Atlanta. I would not be a bit surprised to see actual numbers there to be around 50% – among blacks – 75%. Yes, many, if not most blacks are on eternal, lifelong welfare there.

    The self proclaimed black messiah has failed and it’s time for a REAL change. Not another token.

    He won on NLP, not brains or guts or his record. Another lawyer looking to fill his pockets. He did. Next.

    WHEN are we going to demand the US levy HEAVY taxes on traded goods on their imports here and level the playing field ? Until then, we will continue to be screwed.

    no jobs, no infrastructure, no manufacturing base.