African-American Jobless Rate Remains High

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Persistent poverty and racial unrest expose reality behind the government numbers.

Despite the unemployment figures released on Sept. 4, indicating that the rate of joblessness has gone done to 5.1 percent, the figures among African Americans remains twice as that of whites.

Historically since the advent of the tabulation of jobless statistics, African Americans have maintained consistently disproportionate higher figures for those who are looking for work and cannot find employment. This is related to the character of national oppression which overlaps with class exploitation.

Over the course of the last four or more decades, the African American unemployment rate being double that of whites, illustrates that institutional racism is still alive and well within the economic structures of the United States. The massive closings of industrial facilities in the last four decades as well as the outlawing of affirmative action in many states, has served to restrict employment opportunities and fuel the substantially higher levels of poverty among the oppressed.

In an article published by the Atlanta Black Star written by Nekala Alexander, it says “that [the] percentage masks the unemployment disparities between white Americans and minorities across individual states. Right now the national unemployment rate for white Americans is about 4.6 percent, for Hispanics, it is 6.5, and for Blacks, 9.1.” (Aug. 8)

This same article then continues citing figures on this phenomenon, noting “On the record, Washington, D.C., hit the peak of Black unemployment with a 14.2 percent rate. New Jersey followed with 13 percent, South Carolina was at 12.8 percent, and Illinois at 11.5 percent. Tennessee holds the lowest state of Black unemployment, which is equivalent to the highest rate of white unemployment in West Virginia.”

Compounding this problem is the failure of the federal government, the U.S. Congress and the corporate community to even address this glaring crisis. Instead law-enforcement agencies across the country have intensified the repressive apparatus of the state, killing African Americans in astronomical numbers and placing many more in the clutches of the prosecutorial offices, the courts and the prisons.

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Source: Global Research

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