Posts Tagged ‘jobs’

African American Have the Highest Unemployment Rate in America

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

( African Americans were brought to America during the 1600’s to provide free labor for the plantations. One major reason why America was able to develop a major leader in commerce because mass wealth was created in this country by no wages had to be paid to the labor force in the South. Despite of what African Americans contributed to this country, in modern America, the African Americans race always have the highest unemployment rate in America. There were several theories that were analyzed to why black people are mostly not to get hired by employers in America. The reasons are black people are portrayed as negative way by the entertainment industry in America, discrimination by the employers, policies enforced by the state and federal government, and immigration policies. Regardless in America, if America economy is booming or in a recession, the data always reflect that African American have the highest unemployment rate. The thesis that was utilized for this study is why do African Americans have the highest unemployment rate in America? What factors that contribute to cause African Americans to have 17 out of 100 people not working. (Ayoade, 2011, Hill, 2004 and Griffin, 2012, Junior, 2008, Lee, 2005, Robsion, n.d., Rodgers 2008, Spalding 2012 and United States Department of Labor, 2013).

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Hispanic Unemployment Rate Dips in February

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

(Hispanic Business) The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Hispanics dropped slightly in February to 9.6 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The Hispanic unemployment rate was 9.7 percent in January, which in turn was up just slightly from 9.6 percent in December. The rate for Hispanics in February 2012 was 11.4 percent.

Overall unemployment for the country dipped to 7.7 percent.

There are 2.3 million idled workers in the Hispanic civilian labor force, out of a total Hispanic civilian workforce of 24.6 million.

The unemployment rate for Hispanic males 20 years and older was 9.1 percent in February compared to 10.4 percent a year earlier, while the rate for females was 10 percent compared to 11 percent a year earlier. Those number weren't seasonally adjusted.

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Report: Silicon Valley’s Success Doesn’t Include Blacks, Latinos

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

(National Journal) The data from this Silicon Valley jobs report shows that Silicon Valley's so-called meritocracy happens to benefit white and Asian people, while the black and Latino community suffers. The annual Silicon Valley Index had a lot of good news for the vitality of the South Bay's economy, with per capita income increasing 2.2 percent total and the tech hub adding 42,000 jobs last year. But those gains were not seen evenly across the community: whites and Asians saw per capita income increase while incomes actually fell for African American — and faster in Silicon Valley than in other parts of California or the rest of the country. Look at that huge 18 percent drop in per capita income for African Americans in Silicon Valley. It's three times the decline for the state of California and more than four times the decline seen in the U.S. The numbers for Silicon Valley, in fact, represent a growing gap: Income for the black and Latino community has declined, as the rest of Silicon Valley has gotten richer. As the president of  president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, which compiled the report, puts it: "Silicon Valley is two valleys," Russell Hancock told the Mercury News. "There is a valley of haves, and a valley of have-nots. This place that some call "post-race" happens to reward white and Asian workers more than other races. 

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Minority Students Have More Stable Grades Despite Working Longer Hours

Monday, February 4th, 2013


(Huffington Post) African American and Hispanic students are more likely to work longer hours when holding a job while attending school, compared to non-Hispanic white students with a job.

According to research from Jerald Bachman, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan, however, minority students have more stable grades compared to non-Hispanic whites and Asian Americans working the same hours.

“We know from previous research that for most students, working more than 15 hours a week is associated with various problems, including lower grades andsubstance use,” Bachman said to Psych Central. “However, what we’re finding withthis new research is that this pattern does not seem to appear among some minority students, particularly those who come from a less advantaged background.” The study observed more than 600,000 students from public and private schools across the country, between the years 1991 and 2010.

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New Figures Show Latina Women Hit Hard By Wage Gap

Saturday, January 19th, 2013


(NBC Latino) Texas and California might have the largest populations of employed Latinas – but Hispanic women in these states are paid only 59 cents and 69 cents, respectively, for every dollar paid to men, according to a new Census data analysis put together by the National Partnership for Women and Families, a progressive organization focusing on women’s issues .   In Florida and New Mexico, the wage gender gap is the smallest – but Latinas are still making only 68 cents for every dollar paid to a man.  In fact, in the 20 states with the largest number of Hispanic women working in full-time, year-round jobs, the wage gap is between 51 and 68 cents for every dollar men makes.

“These new data show that the wage gap is costing  women of color thousands of dollars in critical income each year that could be spent on food, rent, health care and on meeting other fundamental needs for their families,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families.

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Anti-Immigrant Group Launches Racist Ad Campaign To Pit African-Americans Against Immigrants

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012


(Think Progress) The anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA, which seeks to limit legal immigration, has put out a new, racist ad that tries to pit African Americans against immigrants. It features an African American man with his family explaining that he needs a job:

What I don’t understand is why our leaders are going to admit another million immigrant workers next year to take jobs when 3 million black Americans can’t find work. I mean, do our leaders really think black Americans don’t want to work? Let’s slow down mass immigration and save jobs for Americans — all Americans.

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Work Disappearing for Black Males in Urban America

Monday, September 10th, 2012

( During the past four decades, the job market for working age African American males has fundamentally collapsed in urban America.

That’s the conclusion of a recent study by Dr. Marc Levine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He looked at “employment rates” in forty of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas based on every Census taken from 1970 to 2010.

The results are shared in “Race and Male Employment in Wake of the Great Recession: Black Male…“. The findings are stunning and should be a wake-up call to the entire nation, particularly community activists, policymakers, media and the Black community.

Black male employment is a crisis with no solutions on the table and faint discussion of the problem. Levine finds that in five of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, fewer than half of the working-age Black males held jobs. The US Census defines “working age” as 16-64, and “prime working years” as 25-54. In Milwaukee, the Black male employment rate in 2010 (latest year available) was over 20 points lower than the Hispanic male rate and 32.7 percentage points lower than that of white males.

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How Union Membership Benefits African American And Latino Workers

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

(Think Progress) Workers across the country experience a “union premium” — an increase in wages for workers who belong to a labor union compared to workers who are not organized. That premium amounted to $1.24 per hour last year, a 17.3 percent premium. And according to a new study from the Economic Policy Institute, union membership is even more important for African American and Latino workers, whose union premiums exceed that of white workers.

Black union members have a union premium of $2.60, earning them about 17.3 percent more than black non-union workers. Black men who belong to a union see a 20 percent increase over the normal wage; for black women, the increase is 14.8 percent. Union membership is even more beneficial to Latinos, whose men and women workers earn union premiums of 29.3 percent and 15.7 percent, respectively. (Latinos’ union premium is 23.1 percent overall.).

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Unemployment rises among black Americans, figures show

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012


(The Guardian) One of the most jarring figures in the labour statistics is a rise in unemployment among African Americans, from 13.6% to 14.4%, double the rate for the white population.

The proportion of white Americans out of work was static at 7.4%, and while the jobless rate for Latinos remained high at 11%, it too was unchanged from May.

Algernon Austin, the director of the race, ethnicity and economy programme at the Economic Policy Institute, said the figure for black Americans had been hovering at or above 14% for the past three years, even with a 'recovery' supposedly under way. "It is an extremely high rate to be stuck at," Austin said. "That is the really important news."

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Graduates from ethnic minorities face an even harder time

Friday, July 6th, 2012


(The Guardian) Life for an ethnic minority graduate in 2012 isn't easy. Each step along the way to finding a graduate job, from deciding if it's financially viable to go to university in the first place, to applying for a place and then finding a job afterwards, ethnic minority students are at a distinct disadvantage. The discrepancies are shocking.

Some tuition fees have trebled, putting a university education out of reach for many, and if you come from an ethnic minority background you are twice as likely to be in a low-income household. Being able to afford university is just the first challenge for ethnic minority students.

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