State Of Black America 2014: Blacks And Latinos Remain Underemployed

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    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.

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