Poll: Was the Jobs Summit Political or Productive? - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

NEWS_PollOption4A majority of respondents to a BlackEnterprise.com poll said the White House Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth held last week was a necessary step to curb unemployment and boost job creation.

However, 32% of voters thought that while the summit was necessary, they also viewed the meeting as a political maneuver that won’t help ease unemployment.

“For the people who responded to the survey, the White House’s actions were perceived very positively,” says Algernon Austin, director of the Economic Policy Institute‘s program on race, ethnicity, and the economy. “I think they have good faith in the White House … and their faith is borne out in that the president [announced today] that he is going to do something.”

Indeed, in a speech this morning at the Brookings Institute, President Barack Obama outlined some key priorities for encouraging businesses to invest and create jobs. The president’s proposals would establish new tax cuts to assist small businesses, provide additional investments in roads, bridges, and infrastructure; and offer new incentives for consumers to invest in energy efficient products for their homes. Austin believes some of those strategies outlined by Obama may have been formed as a result of the jobs summit.

The summit was held one day before the Bureau of Labor Statistics released data showing that November unemployment was 10%. CEOs, lawmakers, and small business owners were among the attendees, and discussed strategies on how to best grow the economy.

About a quarter of the respondents to the poll decided that the jobs summit won’t have an impact on unemployment. Of that number 14% said the summit was a political maneuver, and 12% said it was not.

The results are in:

The White House jobs summit is:

— A necessary step to curb unemployment and boost job creation 43%
— A political maneuver that will have no impact on unemployment 14%
— A little of A & B 32%
— Not a political move, but it won’t help with joblessness 12%

The poll was conducted at BlackEnterprise.com between Dec. 3 and Dec. 7.


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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, SocialWayne.com chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining BlackEnterprise.com as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.

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