Black Unemployment

The National Urban League‘s 38th annual “State Of Black America” report highlights that job creation in the country is of smaller benefit to Black and…

I’ve spent my entire career as a civil rights activist and anti-violence advocate. I hear from folks all over the country about how fed-up they…

WASHINGTON — In the most impressive surge for the job market since the middle of last decade, the United States added 243,000 jobs in January, far more than economists expected. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent, the lowest in three years. For African-Americans, the rate dropped 14 percent, from 15.8 percent in December to […]

WASHINGTON — A burst of hiring in December pushed the unemployment rate to its lowest level in nearly three years, giving the economy a boost at the end of 2011. SEE ALSO: Are Will And Jada Divorcing Obama Refocuses Military The Labor Department said Friday that employers added a net 200,000 jobs last month and […]

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus spoke on the House floor for the extension of the Federal Unemployment Compensation Act. With unemployment across the U.S. at 9 percent, Chairman Emanuel Cleaver, II and members of the CBC called for extending jobless benefits beyond the current expiration date of Dec. 31. “It is virtually impossible to live any kind of […]

A majority of black unemployed are no longer receiving unemployment benefits. In early 2010, 75 percent of black unemployed were receiving benefits. Now, only 48 percent receive unemployment, a shift that highlights the nation’s issues with long tern unemployment. See also: Black Unemployment Falls But Employment Picture Remains Bleak See also: Detroit is for Lovers Congress […]

In Detroit, where a large number of the city’s unemployed are either on probation or on parole, the city recently held an “Offenders Only” Job Fair in an effort to put its ex-convicts back to work. Organized by Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh, the job fair featured hundreds of job openings available only to […]

Robert Johnson, the founder and former CEO of BET and America’s first black billionaire, has proposed his own plan to reduce black unemployment. Johnson is pushing America’s biggest companies to significantly increase their efforts in hiring a more diverse pool of qualified candidates. The planned dubbed “RLJ Rule,” calls on Fortune 1000 companies to consider […]

BET founder Robert L. Johnson suggests that an answer to black unemployment would be a requirement for all corporations to consider a black prospect for all head positions. Johnson’s suggestion was inspired by the NFL’s so-called “Rooney Rule,” a rule that requires teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching and senior operations positions. “The […]

With black unemployment approaching 17 percent in the country — the highest in 27 years — the Congressional Black Caucus’ forum this week will surely focus on this issue. In a series of town hall meetings and discussions, several members will talk about the unemployment problem and how to attack it. The CBC conference comes […]

President Barack Obama announced in his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday that he plans to unveil how America will pay back its debt with his $447 million jobs bill. “It is a jobs bill that does two simple things: put more people back to work and more money back into the pockets of people […]

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 […]