African Americans See Higher Unemployment Rates

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The United States' average unemployment rate is 10.2%. But that average conceals a wide range of very real statistics for different groups of people currently out of work. For African Americans, joblessness rates are much higher than the average – more than 15% nationwide. This week, the N.A.A.C.P. and a host of other groups called on President Obama to do more to create jobs. We speak with Hilary Shelton, senior vice president for advocacy and policy for the N.A.A.C.P., and Amanda Cox, a graphics editor at The New York Times, whose recent project explored U.S. unemployment data by race, gender, age and education levels. We also speak with Takeaway listener Francine Morin, who rang us some months ago on her way to a job interview and now, at last, has a job.


Amanda Cox, Francine Morin and Hilary Shelton

Comments [3]


That is not a stereotype, it is an objective observation. Do you only accept politically correct comments. Then you cannot have a show that deals with uncomfortable issues.

Nov. 18 2009 10:03 AM

African Americans must get away from depending on the government and be self relient. Look what happened in New Orleans, during and after Katrina. No one can help you if your not ready to help yourself. That dependency has resulted in the degrading of Black culture and the Black family. My dad came here with an 8th grade education in 1958, and built a business and educated his kids, on his own without a handout. African Americans had that drive at one time, the 60's social programs produced a highly dependant and inactive generation.

Nov. 18 2009 10:00 AM

African Americans should do what all groups have done in the past, begin their own businesses.

[[ Comment edited. Please avoid stereotyping entire groups. -Eds. ]]

Nov. 18 2009 08:13 AM

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