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 Latino workers when compared to their White counterparts. The sobering numbers also show the impact of underemployment among African-Americans, who top the list in that category as well.
Titled “One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America,” the report zeroes in on the income inequality that has hammered Black and urban communities as the country rises out of the Great Recession. While jobs have been created in droves since the recession has ended, many of those positions were low-wage or part-time positions. Most affected by the dearth of full-time, higher paying positions have been Blacks and Latinos.
However, it appears that even Latinos are doing better than Blacks in this current economic upswing. According to the report’s numbers, 13.1 percent of African-Americans are unemployed compared alongside 6.5 percent of whites and 9.1 percent of Latinos.
Despite boasts from President Barack Obama that the unemployment rate is the lowest its been in over five years and the boom of manufacturing jobs, there still remains the pesky specter of inequality that looms over the top of urban communities. The president has been fair in acknowledging the disparity, although the slow recovery in those communities continues to fester.
African-American job seekers saw the unemployment rate fall under 12 percent briefly last year, yet 42 percent of those in that group have been jobless long-term while 28 percent have been jobless for a year. The jobs some have been able to obtain still keep them under the underemployed status, meaning workers who are either unemployed or working well beneath the required hours and pay wages to compete economically.
The rate of underemployment for Blacks was 20.5 percent. That means that Latinos at 18.4 percent underemployed are faring slightly better but both groups lag significantly behind Whites who sit at 11.8 percent underemployed.
This year, the report takes a unique look at 80 metropolitan areas comprised of Black and Latinos primarily and ranked them on their unemployment and income equality, respectively. Oklahoma City, Okla., Washington, D.C., and Harrisburg, P.A. all the lowest Black and White unemployment rates. The factor in those three cities was that the federal government serves as a major employer for those areas.
Riverside, Calif., was the city where the Black-White Income Index gap was the narrowest, meaning that Blacks and Whites in the town earned near or around the same. Washington, D.C. and its nearby Northern Virginia city Arlington featured the highest Black median income.
The Washington-Arlington areas were also the highest ranked median income for Whites, although it vanquished the Black median income numbers easily. On the other side, the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) metro are of Minnesota showed the largest gap of income with $28,744 a year for Blacks compared to $71, 376 for whites.
With this extensive data roll out, the National Urban League hopes that government agencies and community organizations applies the findings of the State Of Black America report in bolstering programs and spark discussions on how to slow the damage.
Learn more the 2014 State Of Black America Report by clicking here.
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This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (10/15-10/21)
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1. Just a NY girl with BIG dreams....
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2. HAPPY CHILDREN=QUALITY PARENTING. We don't always see eye to eye on everything and that's normal. We're human beings. But we come together and do it right for what's important, the kids. We are not enemies, we are parents. And we are parents 1st. S/O to @monyettashaw for making Mason's bday memorable. S/O to @itscrystalsmith at home taking care of our other lil' Prince. ❤️❤️❤️ THIS IS WHAT CO-PARENTING LOOKS LIKE. #Blessed #Happy #AboveTheDrama #BiggerThanUs
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3. So happy to finally be able to share with you all that I’m the new Global Brand Ambassador for @Revlon! Follow my day on RevlonSnaps. Yay! Choose Love, Everybody! #RevlonXCiara #chooselove #ad
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4. Glam on point!!!@makeupbymotoko & @shaylinjoneshair #easybreezy @lifetimetv #beachesmovie #january2017 😘
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5. ✨True love ✨📸: @jessiemarrerophotography
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7. Today was not easy..but by the grace of God we all got through it. Words cannot express our gratitude for all of your Prayers, Positive thoughts and Support for us throughout the years. Tommy will be missed but most certainly never forgotten...And PLEASE don't ask "Where's Martin?.." he was there too...just not in this picture. Lol! God bless you all.. #LoveConquersAll #MartinShow
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9. West coast get ready for #RockyHorror. I will be live tweeting again. #letsdothetimewarpagain
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10. #THEKEYS pre order yours now ... Available everywhere #NOV22 #WeTheBest 🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑
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11. We about to ROCK at #KCABlackBall!! All for our life-changing effort to end 🌎 AIDS.
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12. Today's #SNAPJACK is brought to you by @yazzthegreatest 😂😂😂💋💋💋
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13. Damn girl you kinda old to be headed to the Go Go. You coming in at the age they leaving. LMAO
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14. Daddy daycare B-Boxin with @acewellstucker @shopraisingace
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15. #FBF Naviyd & URV "LIL MONSTERS"
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16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ONE OF THE BIGGEST LEGENDS IN OUR HIPHOP HISTORY! @snoopdogg CONTINUED BLESSING AND LOVE FAMILY!!!!! REAL OG!
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17. Thank you for a beautiful night VSU! Let's do it again! #HOMECOMING
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18. Had a great time this morning with my familia Erica, Griff & Truth!!
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19. Check out my interview on @essence facebook live. #inmyownwords #nycpromo #day2
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20. #She💋 #tbt #TheCoveAtTheAtlantis #DawgPawsAndAll
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21. Bae #retailtherapy
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22. Why me and @coryhardrict got the same pose... and notee... new mouth #naked
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23. When my husband is my personal 'hype-man'! it kills me every time! 💜😂 #WHATNOW #lostfiles📷
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24. Diggy Simmons
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25. Hand full of @jacquieaiche 💙💎💍 @esnail_la 💅🏾
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26. SuperSoulers! You can watch my interview with Carl Lentz live from my Facebook page, tomorrow at 11a ET| 8a PT. #SuperSoulSunday
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27. 💋 .. When the friendship is easy like Sunday morning. ☀️
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28. Sunday mornings are the best........... hugs and cuddles with my angel
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29. #huggar16 #hellohuggars
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30. My gym is everywhere!.. #RnBMoney #TheGeneral 📸: @twelvepastseven
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31. Nothing I would rather be doing... Rocko setting up our movie, Romelō working on a puzzle & Laiyah singing and sharing all she's learning at school... I'm so grateful for the joy they've brought into my life ... Praying for peace , joy & love in the home of EVERY family ♥️ #HeadScarfPJSunday LOL 😂
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