African American Unemployment Rate Inched Higher in July

Jobless rate grew to 15.6% for blacks, while overall rate is unchanged at 9.5%

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The unemployment rate for African Americans edged slightly higher in July to 15.6%, from 15.4% in June, while the overall jobless rate remained unchanged at 9.5%.

A total of 71,000 jobs were added in July, below the 200,000 needed to reduce the jobless rate, the Department of Labor reported Friday morning. Total employment decreased by 131,000 in July, reflecting the departure of 143,000 temporary Census 2010 workers from federal government payrolls.

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In July, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) was little changed at 6.6 million. These individuals made up 44.9% of unemployed persons.

“The net loss of jobs reported in today’s employment report captures a job market stuck in neutral,” writes the Economic Policy Institute. “It is time for the government to do substantially more to create jobs so the backlog of unemployed workers can get back to work.”

Manufacturing employment increased by 36,000 over the month. Motor vehicles and parts had fewer seasonal layoffs than normal for July, contributing to a seasonally adjusted employment increase of 21,000. Manufacturing employment has expanded by 183,000 since December 2009. The healthcare sector continued its upward climb, 27,000 jobs in July. Over the past 12 months, healthcare employment has risen by 231,000.

All told, there were 14.6 million people looking for work in July. That’s roughly double the figure in December 2007, when the recession began, writes the Associated Press.

  • GunnyG

    Why do blacks CONTINUE to think that Barry Husseini Obummer has their back? VOTE CONSERVATIVE for REAL CHANGE! Low taxes, JOBS, SMALL GOVERNMENT.

  • Maurice

    @ Gunny G, you need to shot up your smelly mouth! you idiot! Your silly conservative left this country on its knee, and you have the guts to trash talk Obama for the wonderful work he has done within a very short period of time. It took you conservatives 8 long years to kill the economy and now you want Obama to perform magic in 2 years, you are not serious yet.

  • Maurice

    The solution for Black unemployment is for Black people to learn how to do business with each other, and support Black businesses, until this happens there wont be any change. Thats why I dont look for work, I create my own work, I create my own businesses.

  • During the 8 years of President Clinton unemployment averaged 5.17 percent. During the 8 years of President George W Bush unemployment averaged 5.31 percent. Under President Obama unemployment has averaged 9.52 percent. Either Obama turns the unemployment situation around or the armies of the unemployed will stage a revolt against him.

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