The Black Teen Unemployment Rate Is Staggering

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While the overall U.S. unemployment rate is unchanged, today’s jobs reports shows that minorities are still getting hit much harder by the jobs crisis — and its getting worse for African Americans. The unemployment rate for black Americans jumped up to 14.4 per cent in June, from 13.6 per cent the previous month. By comparison, white unemployment remained consistent at 7.4 per cent. Hispanic and Latino unemployment was unchanged at 11 per cent. 

Even more alarming is the unemployment rate among black youth, ages 16-19, jumped a full 2.8 points, to 39.3 per cent. That’s nearly double the 20.9 per cent unemployment rate for whites in the same age demographic. 

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