Black Jobless Rates Worsened During Recession

African Americans face longer stretches of unemployment than whites

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Missouri), who led the CBC panel, agreed that both government and the private sector need to create new job opportunities.

“We’ve got to usher more African Americans into green technology fields and get black entrepreneurs to think about building windmills,” he said. “There are things we can do, but they cost money. Frankly one of the negatives that came from the hearing is that whenever we start talking about jobs, even at a time like this, people are always saying we’ve got to find some sort of offset.”

Cleaver said that the CBC believes that the unemployment crisis is serious enough to be declared an emergency, which wouldn’t require an offset to pay for it.

Simms also criticized recent jobs packages passed in both the House and the Senate whose primary focus are tax cuts.
“We’re fooling ourselves if we think tax cuts are sufficient to deal with the problem, particularly those not targeted in any way,” said Simms. “There are other solutions, but they will cost money. The question is what is the priority and what are we willing to pay for it. A lot of it is a question of political will.”

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  • KI

    I can see how this is so. The organization, to which I am currently employed, had about 10 African Americans in the corporate center (International Company). When the economy turned bad, the first people to get the boot were African Americans. They fired all but 3.
    Also there are a few white team members who cannot communicate well with people of color. They seem to not understand us when we speak and challenge us on every business decision we make. There is an inherent trust for white works, it is crystal clear.

  • http://www.fungai-courage.blogspot.com Fungai Courage Zinyemba.

    Well , l am black and currently unemplyed , although l live in the United Kingdom. l wouldn’t say this is to do with the recession but a result ofa reccuring trend in all western societies whereby the black labour force is marginalised as a result of demographic imbalances. l have lived in Africa and as a continent with a black majority , sometimes employers prefer blacks so as to avoid labour stoppages because of cultural differences and values as well as racial bias.

  • http://www.fungai-courage.blogspot.com Fungai Zinyemba

    Well , l am black and currently unemployed , although l live in the United -Kingdom ..l wouldn’t say this is to do with the recession but a result of a reccuring trend in all western societies whereby the black labour force is marginalised as aresult of demographic imbalances .I have lived in Africa and as a continent with a black majority , sometimes employers prefer blacks so as to avoid labour stoppages.

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