In an effort to show the real jobs dilemma and why the recovery may take generations to reach Black America, simply see the infographic below.
According to the November 2013 numbers from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), unemployment has reached a five year low of 7% and the US economy created 203,000 jobs in the month. Some believe this speaks to the continued slow recovery from the Great Recession which officially ended in December 2009 – 18 months after it started in June 2007. But many African Americans may find themselves still waiting for the recovery bus to hit their neighborhood.
Often the numbers relating specifically to African American unemployment and joblessness are buried within the headlines of the mainstream media and financial reports. African American unemployment, is typically twice that of the reported unemployment rate and many argue it is as much as five times the rate of general America.
In addition the jobs that are being created in industries like construction have an under-representation of African Americans in the trade unions. It may be time to seriously consider entrepreneurship if you’re looking for work.
We all go to school with one assumption, that the white man got jobs out here for us, and all we need to do is qualify for them. Well the white man doesn’t have the jobs out here for us, and he hardly has the jobs out here for himself.” -Dr. Amos Wilson