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  • African-American Unemployment Rises Under Obama

    It’s bad enough that nationwide unemployment has risen back to 9.1 percent, but for some Americans that rate is significantly higher. Low-skilled workers, many of whom are African-American, are experiencing the worst of the down economy. The African-American unemployment rate stands at an outrageous 16.2 percent—not a number the Obama White House wants under the mantle of the nation’s first black president.

    While CBS News reports that the national black unemployment rate is usually higher than the overall unemployment rate, these figures stand at Depression-era levels. Worse? Black teenagers have a devastating unemployment level of 41 percent.

    Burdensome business regulations, restrictive minimum wage laws, and a severe lack of certainty in the private sector hurt low-skilled workers’ job prospects the most. If things continue going the way of failed Keynesian policy, the outlook is grim. As Heritage’s Rea Hederman and James Sherk write:

    Private-sector hiring is anemic for an economic recovery: Some 83,000 net private-sector jobs were created [last month], but the details are worrying. First, temporary service hiring (–1,200) was negative in the month of May, indicating slackening demand for labor. Second, the number of hours worked was flat again, indicating little strength in the labor market. The payroll survey was also revised downward by 39,000 jobs for the past two months. All three of these indicators show that there is little hope for a fast labor market recovery this summer.

    Both employment surveys are converging and showing a labor market that has retreated over the past quarter. In the first quarter of 2011, private job creation exceeded 200,000 a month. Now the labor market is struggling to reach 100,000.

    It’s been clear for some time that trillion-dollar spending sprees and dangerous borrowing policies are a myth of the hope that proved unfounded after the 2008 election. It’s past time for President Obama to admit economic defeat and start putting job growth before job-killing ideology. High unemployment rates lead to a deeply flailing economy and more government spending for unemployment benefits and welfare. It’s a vicious that cycle that must end to get Americans back to work.

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    4 Responses to African-American Unemployment Rises Under Obama

    1. O MY GOD OUR BLKTEENS ARE LEFT TO DIE 41 PERCENT IS ATTEMPT MURDER AND GENICIDE NUMBERS DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SHOULD BE FINED FOR TURNING THERE HEADS FINE THEM EVERY DAY ASK HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN AT 41 PERCENT

    2. JAnson123 says:

      It is appalling that any demographic would have unemployment at 16+%. The rate in the black demographic is high due to lack of capital in inner cities. The inner cities need to push for tax free zones to spur economic development, sunsetting both federal and state taxes. The minimum wage should also be suspended for these areas, this will set up competition for labor between companies and allow those with the better skills to earn increases in pay.

    3. lucillemartin says:

      Soon Asstonia will have only E- IT Specialist :) I mean IT specialists from other countries working online for Asstonia at 4 times higher money we all need "High Speed University" to help students

    4. Pete Houston says:

      This is the kind of Obama change we do not need or want. Cut the social programs and set these people free.

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