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Unemployment jumps to 13% for African-Americans

posted at 10:48 am on September 6, 2013 by

CNS’ Terence Jeffrey finds a mostly-overlooked piece of very bad news from the August jobs report.  The overall U-3 unemployment rate may have edged downward, but unemployment among African-Americans jumped four-tenths of a percent, and more than 200,000 jobs were lost in that demographic:

The unemployment rate in the African American community climbed from 12.6 percent in July to 13.0 percent in August, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

At the same time, the number of African Americans 16 year or older who held jobs dropped from 16,318,000 in July to 16,108,000 in August–a decline of 210,000.

The labor force participation rate dropped more dramatically in this demo as well:

The labor force participation rate in the African American community dropped from 61.4 percent in July to 60.8 percent in August. The 60.8 percent African American labor force participation rate in August was the lowest that rate has been since July 1982.

When President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, the African American labor force participation rate was 63.3 percent.

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Clearly, the BLS is racist!

Chris of Rights on September 6, 2013 at 10:53 AM

This is a state conservative bloggers never *ever* reported on prior to January 2009. Its not genuine, you only use it because you think Obama’s blackness somehow makes him more responsible for black unemployment than previous Presidents. Hilarious.

libfreeordie on September 6, 2013 at 11:06 AM

libfreeordie on September 6, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Actually, I did — and noted that the media wasn’t talking about it much in the summer of 2008, shortly after I came on board here:

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/06/09/minimum-wage-the-medias-secret/

Ed Morrissey on September 6, 2013 at 11:17 AM

And it’s also mentioned in this post, too, from a couple of months later:

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/08/01/unemployment-why-mccain-talks-about-economic-pain/

Ed Morrissey on September 6, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Ouch Ed.

What’s worse than getting banned? Getting owned.

gwelf on September 6, 2013 at 11:23 AM

This is a state conservative bloggers never *ever* reported on prior to January 2009. Its not genuine, you only use it because you think Obama’s blackness somehow makes him more responsible for black unemployment than previous Presidents. Hilarious.

libfreeordie on September 6, 2013 at 11:06 AM

No, it has been mentioned before (as Ed pointed out) but the deteriorating condition of poor black communities has LONG been a conservative criticism of The Great Society.

It’s also particularly relevant under Obama not because Obama is black but because he’s made promises to one of his biggest constituent groups that have not only never materialized but whose situation has worsened. This is par for the course – liberals policies have been enacted on large scale in the largest cities in America – but Obama was sold and perceived as some sort of miracle worker. If liberal policies were going to actually improve the plight of poor blacks it would have already happened. But liberals still push the same tired solutions to the same problems they’ve been promising to solve for 60+ years.

gwelf on September 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM

libfreeordie on September 6, 2013 at 11:06 AM

What’s it like to be a history professor who gets history wrong every day in blog comments?

gwelf on September 6, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Hey, libfree. Is a state really a statistic?

I realize that you’re typing away through tears of fury and while stamping your feet and huffing and puffing. But get a grip.

BuckeyeSam on September 6, 2013 at 11:39 AM

You know what would solve this problem? Amnesty, trapping lower-income African-Americans in failing schools, raising the minimum wage so young men can’t get work experience, etc.

Forward!

visions on September 6, 2013 at 11:49 AM

libfreeordie on September 6, 2013 at 11:06 AM

libfreeorSTFU!

pain train on September 6, 2013 at 11:52 AM

you think Obama’s blackness somehow makes him more responsible for black unemployment than previous Presidents. Hilarious.

libfreeordie on September 6, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Isn’t it “racist” to call O’bama “black”, considering his mother was Caucasian? Or is that just “racial profiling” on my part?

(Starts flea-powered sundial)

Del Dolemonte on September 6, 2013 at 11:54 AM

I certainly hope LFOD has small feet; he keeps inserting them in his mouth.

Steve Eggleston on September 6, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Yeah, Del Dolemonte, maybe we should take our cue from the MSM and refer to Obama as a white African-American.

JenBee on September 6, 2013 at 12:24 PM

I certainly hope LFOD has small feet

Oh, I think you can count on it…

Dirty Creature on September 6, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Most of whom have never been to Africa and likely couldn’t find it on a map…

Galtian on September 6, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Clearly, the BLS is racist!

Chris of Rights on September 6, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Actually, the 0-bama economy is racist, unbelievably!

stick on September 6, 2013 at 2:04 PM

This is a state conservative bloggers never *ever* reported on prior to January 2009. Its not genuine, you only use it because you think Obama’s blackness somehow makes him more responsible for black unemployment than previous Presidents. Hilarious.

libfreeordie on September 6, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Every time someone starts making a big deal about raising the minimum wage, it gets pointed out that raising the minimum wage always leads to higher unemployment, especially among the unskilled, and that this disproportionately affects teenagers, young adults, and minorities — with the absolute biggest effect on black teenagers.

No one ever listens. Ever.

And it just happens again, every time.

I get a little tired of race-baiting from people who are much more loyal to the Democratic party than to helping actual African Americans.

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 6, 2013 at 4:39 PM

libfreeordie

Your President, and your Party do nothing but define everything by race, and see only the color of peoples’ skin. Yet when it’s pointed out that your President, and your Party have done nothing to improve the lot of your racially defined base, you get touchy and all, “content of your character” with us. Your Party is the Party of slavery, The Klan, and Jim Crowe. Nothing will ever change that. Your Party’s bully tactics, and lies about Free Markets have simply changed the plantation from the cotton field to the ghetto. You’re fooling no one but yourself. You don’t like Republicans? Fine. But don’t sit there and say Democrats are, or ever have been, a friend to the Black Man. Live by the Race Card, Die by the Race Card.

teacherman on September 7, 2013 at 6:22 PM

They don’t care. They’d follow the black-skinned messiah over Niagra Falls if he told them to.

SouthernGent on September 7, 2013 at 10:08 PM