January 06, 2012 / BY FANNA GAMAL Today's jobs report: Black unemployment slightly up

The Labor Department released its December jobs report today. Predictably, media coverage has been optimistic, focusing on the 200,000 jobs added by the private sector, the nation's lowest unemployment level in nearly three years, and the improving condition of small businesses. 

All good news right? But buried between the lines is a different story about Black America and the labor market.

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December 07, 2011 / BY DANI MCCLAIN Public sector cuts hurt Black America

As we reported last week, Black unemployment was up in November despite news that joblessness overall is on the decline. A recent New York Times report offers some clues as to what's going on.

Long before public sector jobs were placed on the chopping block by Republican governors like Wisconsin's Scott Walker and Ohio's John Kasich, they were the path to the middle class for many African Americans. Long before Congressional Republicans decided that government jobs don't count as real work, they were how we bought homes and sent children to college. Now they're under attack. And by extension, so are Black families.

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December 02, 2011 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Proposed AT&T / T-Mobile merger continues to fall apart

The AT&T and T-Mobile deal just hit another major roadblock. First, the Department of Justice let the telecom giants know that it would stand with consumers against the monopoly move and reject the deal. And now the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has weighed in with a withering report that indicates they also understand what's at risk.

 

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December 02, 2011 / BY MATT NELSON Black unemployment increased in November

In what's been called hopeful economic news, the nation’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.6% in November. While the new unemployment figures may make for good headlines, they ring hollow to the 14 million people currently out of work. Black Americans are hit nearly twice as hard as the rest of the nation.

According to the UC Berkeley Labor Center, 15.5% of Black people were unemployed last month. This was a slight increase from October, when unemployment in the Black community stood at 15.1%. The unemployment rate in November was 7.6% among Whites and 11.4% among Latinos. The unemployment rate for African-American teenagers hovers around a staggering 40%.

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