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African-American jobless rate surges as overall unemployment rate holds
Job seekers pick up open-job fliers at a career fair this spring in Los Angeles, California.
July 6th, 2012
03:46 PM ET

African-American jobless rate surges as overall unemployment rate holds

By Emily Jane Fox, CNNMoney

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - As the overall U.S. unemployment rate stayed at 8.2% in June, the rate among black Americans rose nearly a full percentage point.

The reason for the increase appears to have been a rise in the percentage of African-Americans looking for a job, rather than job losses.

The unemployment rate for blacks rose to 14.4% from 13.6% in May, the Labor Department reported Friday. That's a sharp contrast to the white unemployment rate, which stayed put at 7.4%, and the Hispanic rate, which held at 11%.

This trend is not a new one, as the black unemployment rate has been roughly double that of whites since the government started tracking the figures in 1972.

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  1. Dduke

    It's racist hahahaha

    July 8, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kulow Ali

    Next time you drive in the Inter State Highway, and you see people picking up trash, you stop-by and ask who they work for? They are paid .$35 a hour.

    July 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. G.I. JON

    They absolutly committed those crimes or they would not be there. I am sick of hearing that excuse. You should accept the fact that blacks make up the majority of criminals.Numbers do not lie.

    July 7, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hamsta

    Just because black people started swarming to the unemployment office does not mean they are looking for a job, quite the contrary, they are looking for anything except a job. The Obama administration has turned unemployment into the new welfare system by extending the limit from 26 weeks to 99 weeks. Maybe someone needs to tell Obama there is a reason a two year limit has been put on welfare. Now the food stamp president has successfully extended that limit to 4 years.

    July 7, 2012 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      People of the United States of America,
      Maybe if the Corporations in America started hiring people who have been out of work for 26 weeks or more the unemployment rate might improve.But,based on what I have heard,Corporations prefer to hire people who are already employed and are looking for a new position, the unemployed are considered "Garbage" because they were thrown out like the "TRASH" by other corporations because they were not "Good Enough" to keep! Also, I have also found that if a corporation can show the shareholders a 2 cent profit on their shares by laying off 25 to 50 people(especially 55 and older workers) even though the company could find "Make Work Projects" within the corporation to hold already trained personnel to keep these people employed until business improves, they WILL LAYOFF those people from the Company.

      July 7, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bob

    A large percentage of blacks have criminal convictions, so yes their unemployment rate is going to always be high. Whose fault is that?

    July 6, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kulow Ali

      When 75% of the people in prisons in America are black; you should ask yourself if all these people have actually committed crimes, or its a cheap labor?

      July 7, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Really American

        You understand that prisoners cannot be compelled to work, right? So your argument is that they were wrongfully convicted so that we taxpayers would still have to support them? The legal system is not racially biased. As time goes on and more whites become dependent on welfare we will see a sharp increase in their incarceration as well.

        July 7, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sceola

        As I mentioned to another that Texas had nine prison units in the late 80's and by 2000 they had over ten times that amount. The Texas prison system ranks second in state revenue behind oil. I was given 99years for a crime I did nt commit, as well as another six assault on police officers charges. Never been a suspect nor charged with any other crime, but each time I was beaten by the cops they filed charges on me to cover up. So many will believe "you had to do something to provoke them, or it's more to it.' yeah there is, I am a black man in the most racial prejudice nation in the world.

        July 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |