Unemployment Rate Among African-Americans Still Among Highest

Friday, November 05, 2010

The economic crisis has been felt in most sectors of the economy, and among most communities as well. A year ago, we spoke about how one of the communities most negatively effected was the African-American community. Today we get another glimpse of that impact in the monthly report from the Labor Department. National unemployment for blacks in the third quarter of 2010 was at over 16 percent. Are we seeing a destruction of the black middle class? 

Dr. Algernon Austin, director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity and Economy at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., predicts two more years of double-digit unemployment numbers, and says it may take a decade for the black community to recover. We also speak with Khalil Coleman, a education major and community organizer for young black men in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Algernon Austin and Khalil Coleman

Produced by:

Kateri A. Jochum

Comments [2]

Trish from Virginia

It is sad to hear that in this time, blacks are still being discriminated against to the depth of destruction even when they hold college degrees. As Americans, we all should stand up for equal rights for all human beings. Its so shameful

Jan. 07 2011 06:08 PM
Khalil Coleman from Milwaukee, WI

Please contact me so we can hopefully set up another interview. Also, check out one of my co-produce documentary website at coldtype.org

Nov. 05 2010 01:08 PM

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