Black workers' unemployment gap
February 7th, 2013
09:40 AM ET

Black workers' unemployment gap

by Tami Luhby, CNNMoney

(CNNMoney) - Though blacks' job prospects have improved from the depths of the Great Recession, they still suffer from disproportionately high unemployment.

Pegged to Black History Month, the U.S. Congress' Joint Economic Committee put out a stats sheet highlighting the gap. It takes longer, on average, for black workers for find a job, and even having a college degree doesn't help as much as it does for other job-seeking populations. The black unemployment rate is currently 13.8% unemployment rate, far higher than the 7.9% national rate.

"Congress can help ensure that the economic situation of black workers and their families continues to improve by supporting programs that provide assistance to those who are struggling to make ends meet and examining new approaches to alleviating unemployment and poverty," the bipartisan JEC wrote in its release.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. CharlieSeattle

    ...The black unemployment rate is currently 13.8% unemployment rate, far higher than the 7.9% national rate.

    CNN, why is THIS February 7th, 2013 article the LAST TIME you have written about this?

    August 2, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. AniyunweahCherokee

    Jamie foxx is not a role model. Keenan Ivory and Damon Wayans ARE role models. They MADE foxx what he is today. Man I miss "In living color" lol.

    February 9, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. AniyunweahCherokee

    Yes, im a red and white mixed man, married to a beautiful black woman and I have 3 amazing wonderful black children. DEAL WITH IT! Gvgeyu.

    February 9, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AniyunweahCherokee

    You must not like truth. May the Most High open your eyes.

    February 9, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Big Shiz

    What a surprise,a system controled by white men is racist. Wow I never new that

    February 8, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • AniyunweahCherokee

      What a suprise. An uneducated comment from a man that refuses to look at himself in the mirror for fear of what he may see. I say that with all due respect Mr. Shiz.

      February 9, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • AniyunweahCherokee

      I reccomend "my philosophy" & "Aztecnical" to start with. The Teacher will educate you.

      February 9, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |