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 Jun 21 - African American Unemployment at 16 Percent
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(CBS News)
The economy and jobs will be big issues in Washington again this coming week.


While unemployment among the general population is about 9.1 percent, it's at 16.2 percent African Americans, and a bit higher still for African American males.


CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller reports that, historically, the unemployment rate for African Americans has always been higher than the national average. However, now it's at Depression-era levels. The most recent figures show African American joblessness at 16.2 percent. For black males, it's at 17.5 percent; And for black teens, it's nearly 41 percent.


For some, it's crunch time at STRIVE, a job training program in East Harlem, where instructors use drill sergeant-like techniques. They teach job-seekers to correct their mistakes by fining them a quarter each time they make them.


For young men of color, especially black males in New York City, things are especially bad. According to the think tank, the Community Service Society, 34 percent of New York's young black men age 19 to 24 are not working.


"If you haven't connected with the world of work by the age of 25, it's a permanent problem for the rest of your career," says David Johns with the Community Service Society.


Christopher Scott, 20 and a high school drop-out, got a GED last year, but he hasn't been able to find a job ever since.


"It makes me feel degraded in a way cause at 20, I should be more independent," Scott says.


For those with less than a college education, finding a job alone isn't the answer. Even if they secure employment, it's often below minimum wage, and in places like New York City, it's barely enough to survive.


Jermaine Christian, currently working as a restaurant busboy, graduated from one of the top high schools in the city in 2010. He can't afford college, so after searching for a year now, he works for $5.50 per hour.


"I became more or less desperate and took anything I could find," Christian says.


Job counselors say part of the problem is that high schools aren't teaching marketable skills.


"Unless you have a skill coming out of high school, in this society, in this economy, you will not be able to find a job," Johns says.


Even so, in this climate, where jobs are scarce, even having a real skill is still no guarantee of a job.


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IF this was a fox news article it would say the 16 percent of black people dont want to work... then they would have thrown in something about welfare.

Also since i dont want my comment lost i will put it here.

First if 16 percent of black people are unemployed NOT ALL OF THEM CAN BE LAZY, it has to be something wrong with the society they are in if 16% of children were born with one arm the government would damn sure be looking at the root cause of the issue, but 16% of black are on unemployed, we make articles and debate about the issue but in the end nothin id done. 16% is 57% higher then the Us unemployment rate

Black people aint perfect but we are also not as lazys people think.... edit. The media portays us

Society is corrupted

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Problem is they just blk are just getting Discriminated against..... prejudice employers only hiring one race...
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bi0 said:
Problem is they just blk are just getting Discriminated against..... prejudice employers only hiring one race...
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I would love to brush this off as racist employers but ive met too many dum n*ggas in my time
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Gateway972 said:
IF this was a fox news article it would say the 16 percent of black people dont want to work... then they would have thrown in something about welfare.
That's the Republican way
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sad but not surprising. I'm 20 and no one I know can find work.
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Blood Edge said:
yup

we've gotta create our own jobs and businesses

it's sad they most African Americans have adopted Eurocentric individualism....they need to be on their modern immigrant swag stacking money up together
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bi0 said:
Problem is they just blk are just getting Discriminated against..... prejudice employers only hiring one race...
biggest load of fu*king sh*t i have ever heard

i worked at a government center for 2 years where people came to apply for food stamps etc. and guess what? 99% of the people who came in were black and were completely capable of working, somehow they could afford $200-300 shoes, $100 shirts and expensive cards but not food? same with SSI.

a lot of them choose to cheat and leech from the government instead of working, same goes with illegal mexicans and white people but the majority is black people, this is 2011, black people work everywhere don't give me that bullsh*t because you can't find a high paying job that you really love, it's life.. most of us work sh*tty jobs because thats life.

how do you think all these illegal mexicans are getting all these jobs? because they arent lazy a.ss mother fu*kers
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IronMaiden said:
biggest load of fu*king sh*t i have ever heard

i worked at a government center for 2 years where people came to apply for food stamps etc. and guess what? 99% of the people who came in were black and were completely capable of working, somehow they could afford $200-300 shoes, $100 shirts and expensive cards but not food? same with SSI.

a lot of them choose to cheat and leech from the government instead of working, same goes with illegal mexicans and white people but the majority is black people, this is 2011, black people work everywhere don't give me that bullsh*t because you can't find a high paying job that you really love, it's life.. most of us work sh*tty jobs because thats life.

how do you think all these illegal mexicans are getting all these jobs? because they arent lazy a.ss mother fu*kers
Real talk
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Wonder why that is :hmm: it can't be racism :rolleyes:
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IronMaiden said:
biggest load of fu*king sh*t i have ever heard

i worked at a government center for 2 years where people came to apply for food stamps etc. and guess what? 99% of the people who came in were black and were completely capable of working, somehow they could afford $200-300 shoes, $100 shirts and expensive cards but not food? same with SSI.

a lot of them choose to cheat and leech from the government instead of working, same goes with illegal mexicans and white people but the majority is black people, this is 2011, black people work everywhere don't give me that bullsh*t because you can't find a high paying job that you really love, it's life.. most of us work sh*tty jobs because thats life.

how do you think all these illegal mexicans are getting all these jobs? because they arent lazy a.ss mother fu*kers
Great job! Ethered these self-pitying, race-card playing clowns before I had a chance to.
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IronMaiden said:
biggest load of fu*king sh*t i have ever heard

i worked at a government center for 2 years where people came to apply for food stamps etc. and guess what? 99% of the people who came in were black and were completely capable of working, somehow they could afford $200-300 shoes, $100 shirts and expensive cards but not food? same with SSI.

a lot of them choose to cheat and leech from the government instead of working, same goes with illegal mexicans and white people but the majority is black people, this is 2011, black people work everywhere don't give me that bullsh*t because you can't find a high paying job that you really love, it's life.. most of us work sh*tty jobs because thats life.

how do you think all these illegal mexicans are getting all these jobs? because they arent lazy a.ss mother fu*kers
they not tryin to hear that around here... it's all about living some bullsh*t thuglife and complaining about the struggles a certain few bring upon themselves. the sense of entitlement allows that small percentage to believe that they are entitled to a low stress, high paying job without putting in the time and work.

don't get me wrong, this doesn't apply to the whole 16% but i would guess 10% of them were the same ones who dropped out of highschool because not having the latest pair of jordans meant they had a rough childhood.
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Blood Edge said:
because you can pay them a sh*tty wage a day off the books.....the construction company expanding my condo only pays the workers $10 a day...these dudes are taking out walls, fixing aging pipes, and taking NO breaks.....they only reason the immigrants are taking these jobs is because the environment they used to live in was even worse

and most people on welfare are white so that argument is void as well

I'm not saying every employer is discriminating....but it's documented that many white employers would rather hire white employees

don't forget what country you live in....racism is alive and well because the majority doesn't want to deal with the problem and act like it doesn't exist
What are the percentages of blacks n whites on welfare....
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What are the percentages of blacks n whites on welfare....
who cares... black, white, yellow it don't matter. my girl and i just relocated and within a week she found a decent paying management job with no college degree. if you're unemployed it's cause you're fu*kin lazy.
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Blood Edge said:
this is for your question and subsequent posts about races and welfare...came from an old thread that got a dude banned





where u relocate to and what job did you get? retail sector?
i didnt get a job.... we relocated cause of my job. she's the one that found one in a week.
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Luisc137 said:
who cares... black, white, yellow it don't matter. my girl and i just relocated and within a week she found a decent paying management job with no college degree. if you're unemployed it's cause you're fu*kin lazy.
I don't I was just pointing out to the dude who said there are more whites.... But that's cuz White population is 100 times bigger so looking at percentages is more accurate n smarter. But I do agree wit ur statement 100 percent... It's ok to be on welfare to get u started but if someone is constantly on that shot they're a lazy piece of sh*t with no desire to improve their life... Too many people abuse the system n I do blame the system as well smh
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Blacks came from poverty in this country.. so this is no surprise..

You can say what you want about the society.. with the way things started and the way things are now this should be no surprise to anyone..it's just the way sh*t works

I am part of the 16%..that's why I joined the Army..i'd rather put my life on the line for a better future than to work temporary jobs like a slave not knowing where my next paycheck will come from...

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'Even so, in this climate, where jobs are scarce, even having a real skill is still no guarantee of a job.'

So then what's the point of going to college if your not guaranteed a job afterwards? I not wasting 4 yrs on a gamble
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