Hope and Change: Black unemployment numbers are at 27 year high

Posted by: ST on September 2, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Disturbing:

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — 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.

“This month’s numbers continue to bear out that longstanding pattern that minorities have a much more challenging time getting jobs,” said Bill Rodgers, chief economist with the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.

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

Economists blame a variety of factors. The black workforce is younger than the white workforce, lower numbers of blacks get a college degree and many live in areas of the country that were harder hit by the recession — all things that could lead to a higher unemployment rate.

But even excluding those factors, blacks still are hit with higher joblessness.

Congressman Allen West responds:

Unemployment remained at 9.1%, but in the black community, it increased 15.9% to 16.7%. It’s clear why CBC avoids facts & is race baiting
 
Isn’t that the truth? 
 
By my count, liberalism has been failing the black community for longer than 27 years, going back to the 60s era “Great Society” programs.  Democrats in general, OTOH, have been failing the black community for much longer.  That the black community as a whole continues to see this party as a “savior” of sorts when in reality it’s just the opposite  is downright depressing.

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12 Responses to “Hope and Change: Black unemployment numbers are at 27 year high”

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  1. Carlos says:

    Yeah, all the welfare “War on Poverty” programs and suchnot have only changed the spots on the leopard that is in fact still the KKK and still Jim Crow and still the party that decided to leave the Union when Lincoln was elected.

    Unfortunately, the houseboys and mammies of the CBC are so caught up in their Chicken George behavior for their Democrap masters that they can’t see it and probably don’t have a clue, and if they see this they’ll scream RAAACIIIIST!!!! louder than they’ve ever screamed it. It’s more important for them to maintain their position than to do what’s right.

    My response to them? There is none so blind as he who will not see.

  2. Phineas says:

    By my count, liberalism has been failing the black community for longer than 27 years,…

    Try close to 80. The New Deal was a disaster for Black workers and farmers, as the artificially inflated wages under the NRA made it almost impossible for Black workers to compete, as they were often less skilled than White workers. The closed-shop union rules that came in first under the NIRA and then the Wagner Act also wreaked havoc among Black workers, since the unions actively blocked them from being members. Thousands of Black workers were fired in the South when wage codes demanded higher pay from employers, who then couldn’t afford to keep the workers on.

    Black farmers, who were mostly sharecroppers and tenant farmers, were also harmed by the New Deal, as the AAA money that went to pay farmers not to plant went to the landowner, not the sharecropper, who found himself not allowed to sell enough to survive.

    It’s inexplicable to me that African-Americans could so revere FDR, when he did so much to harm them through his cavalier policy-making.

  3. Auntie_Maim says:

    By my count, liberalism has been failing the black community for longer than 27 years, going back to the 60s era “Great Society” programs. Democrats in general, OTOH, have been failing the black community for much longer. That the black community as a whole continues to see this party as a “savior” of sorts when in reality it’s just the opposite is downright depressing.

    Please ref: Detroit.

    ‘Sall that needs sayin.’

  4. PE says:

    If things continue to get worse, Obama may not get much more than 96% of the black vote.

  5. TexasMom2012 says:

    Obama may still get 96% of the vote of blacks that actually come out and vote but I believe there will not be the same record numbers of black voters turning out and standing in long lines to vote for Obama in the 2012 cycle. That being said I doubt white voter will be swooning over Obama this election either. He has lost his magic glow of messiahhood and there is no way to regain it through endless speeches which is all he has left!

  6. These black unemployment figures prove that Obama is a closet neocon (unlike Clarence Thomas)… Obama is totally opposed to equal oportunity. His latest scheme the “Georgia Works” fiasco underlines this reality. It is nothing but creeping corporatist neocon crapola…Even the weasely trade union bosses like Trumka can’t stomach it.

  7. George Robinson says:

    My father was an air force brigadier, he had a black sergeant major, one of the finest men I’ve ever known, (much like Allen West.) My brother and I spent way more time with the Sergeant Major than with our dad due to mostly ceremonial/ambassadorial rubbish after WW11. We were in close contact until he died three years ago. He always said his poor people would never succeed until they quit beating each other for “Acting White”. He also considered Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton as the enemies of “His ” people. Even his last days were spend telling kids to sharpen up and fix their pants.

  8. Brontefan says:

    Rep. Allen West said it best: Democrats gave blacks slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow, and now they are trying to give everyone Marxism–which, of course, will end in the same obtuse manner. Sometimes you can’t help people; they have to learn the hard way!

  9. JiJi says:

    How sad all this racist name calling. I am white. All of my friends and acquaintenances are not racists. Many of them voted for Obama. The ones who voted for someone else didn’t do so because Obama has a black skin. Many of us could see through this phoney from day one.

    Some of the very best workers that I ever met were black. Anyone who really is a racist is not only cheating the folks he discriminates against, he also cheats himself.

  10. 2/ 325th AIR says:

    Kinda hard to FIND a job when ya dont get up early in the morning and LOOK for one….not always, but ‘almost’ as a rule blacks vote dems NOT because of policy or any other important issue…they vote because the dems are the new/ old salvemasters…just a slightly different form of slave, is all! THEN you werent paid to work and were lucky to be kept alive…NOW your paid NOT to work and medical is free from cradle to grave…
    Me? Id prefer to die on my feet fighting then to simply lie down and surrender….Steve Biko (anti- S African aparthied) said just before they killed him….”The GREATEST weapon in the hands of an oppressor is the MIND of the oppressed!”…they only have to look in any mirror to see what ails them but thats a hard look for anyone with an overwhelming addiction issue!(Freebies ARE the addiction, is all)

  11. 2/ 325th AIR says:

    EDIT: Slavemasters…

  12. Jim McDonald says:

    I still remember an interview from election night, when a middleaged black woman was asked why she was so happy, She said: “Obama gonna pay my mortgage now!”