National

Black Unemployment Rises

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After falling into the single digits in April, the Black unemployment rate increased to 10.2 percent in May, according to the latest jobs report from the Labor Department. The national unemployment rate also increased from Read More

Business

Blacks Rejoining the Labor Market

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Black unemployment rate rose to 11.1 percent in November, according to the latest jobs report from Labor Department, because of increasing optimism in the economy. The Black unemployment rate rose from 10.9 percent in Read More

National

Black Men Show Job Gain

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent   WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The unemployment rate for Blacks fell from 11.4 percent to 11 percent and the labor force participation increased from 61 percent in August to 61.7 percent in September, largely because of short-term gains made Read More

Politics

Who Won the War on Poverty?

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – President Ronald Reagan quipped: “In the 60s we waged a war on poverty, and poverty won.” Did it? This month, 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act, effectively kicking off the Read More

National

Black Unemployment Rate Increases

  By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Black unemployment rate climbed from 10.7 percent in June to 11.4 percent in July, an increase attributed to more African Americans looking for work and finding it. “Building off the strength of the previous Read More

Op-Ed

Indenturing Our Young People

  By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist The young in America are being forced into cruel levels of debt, and this debt is already curbing their life prospects. Its economic effects are damaging to everyone. Yet, with Washington frozen, the debt burdens on the Read More

National

Black Unemployment Rate Falls to 11.9 Percent

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The unemployment rate for Blacks dipped to 11.9 percent in December, according to the Labor Department, largely because likely workers, discouraged after months of searching for jobs with little prospects, have simply stopped looking. According to Read More

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Op-Ed

Fed to Player Lesser Role

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   There are two ways to end a recession.  One is to increase federal spending on the theory that people will spend more money when they have more money.  Obviously this Congress doesn’t care about economic stimulation.  They’ve cut budgets, Read More

Business

U.S. Jobs Picture Improving, Manufacturing May be Slowing

(Reuters) – The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment aid unexpectedly fell last week, but continued weakness in business spending on capital goods suggested slower economic growth in the fourth quarter. Initial claims for state jobless benefits fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 316,000, the Read More

Business

US Job Openings, Overall Hiring Reach 5-Year Highs

CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. job openings and overall hiring both reached five-year highs in September, signaling steady improvement in the job market. Job postings rose 69,000 to a seasonally adjusted 3.9 million, the Labor Department said Friday. That’s the Read More

Op-Ed

To Be Equal: The State of Black Men – Part 1

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “As of 2004, more black men were denied the right to vote because of a criminal record than in 1870, when the Fifteenth Amendment was ratified, giving blacks the right to vote.” Joshua Dubois, former director of President Obama’s Office Read More

National

Black Unemployment Rate Rose Slightly in June

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Black unemployment rate rose to 13.7 percent in June, up from 13.5 percent in May as the economy added 195,000 jobs, exceeding most expectations. The unemployment rate for Whites barely improved to 6.6 percent in Read More

Op-Ed

To Be Equal: Raise the Minimum Wage Now

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist   “Despite working a full-time job, many low-wage workers still live in poverty. This isn’t right.” – Rep. George Miller In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on income inequality in America, most notably with the Occupy Read More

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Op-Ed

In Jobs, we’re in a Race to the Bottom

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   On May 21, I had the opportunity to testify before a Congressional Progressive Caucus meeting on how federal dollars drive inequality by paying contractors who pay too many of their workers too little. The hearing was driven by a study Read More

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Op-Ed

Discrimination against the Unemployed

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   It will strike many of you as counter-intuitive, but there has been a rising phenomenon of unemployed workers suffering discrimination when they have sought work because…they have been unemployed.  This is not an exaggeration.  In fact, the situation Read More

Op-Ed

Michigan: Where Democracy Used to Live!

By Wendell Anthony NNPA Guest Columnist   One Hundred- and 80 years ago in his journey across America to report on “Democracy in America,” the great French writer Alexis de Tocqueville said: “There is hardly a political question in the United States that does not Read More

National

Jobless Claims Hint at Strengthening Labor Market

(Reuters) – The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless aid fell last week to its lowest level in nearly 5-1/2 years, signaling labor market resilience in the face of fiscal austerity. The job market buoyancy, flagged last week by a relatively strong April Read More

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: The Mythical Black Economy

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   Although the dictionary calls it archaic, the “management of a household” is one of the definitions listed for the word “economy.”   Another definition is “a saving or attempt to reduce expenditures.”  Yet another is “a system of interacting elements, especially when Read More

Op-Ed

The Economy’s Invisible People

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Suppose one of the key committees in Congress scheduled a hearing on one of the country’s most debilitating economic problems – the long-term unemployment that’s ensnared millions – and none of the committee members showed up? That’s almost Read More

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Op-Ed

The Burden of Unemployment

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Unemployment rates were “little changed” in March 2013 – they were either holding steady or dropping by a tenth of a percentage point or so.  The unemployment rate dropped from 7.7 to 7.6 percent representing a steady, if painstakingly Read More

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: Including Us in Economic Inclusion

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   Thomas Boston, noted economist and author of Affirmative Action and Black Entrepreneurship, in which he called for a strategy that would establish and grow Black-owned businesses to the point of having the capacity to employ 20 percent of the Black Read More

National

Unemployment May Worsen for Black Workers

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The economy beat expectations in February by adding 236,000 jobs nearly, doubling 119,000 jobs created in January, according to the Labor Department. Overall, the unemployment rate dipped to 7.7 percent, but the Black jobless rate stalled Read More

Op-Ed

Credit Check can be a Barrier to a Job or Promotion

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   As Black America continues to struggle with high unemployment rates, a new research report by Demos, a public policy organization titled, Discredited: How employment credit checks keep qualified workers out of a job, unveils how the use of credit history Read More

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Op-Ed

Black Unemployment has not Improved

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   When unemployment numbers were released on Friday, commentators reacted joyfully.  Alan Krueger, who heads the White House Council of Economic Advisors, described the creation of 247,000 jobs as a victory because the predictions were that the economy would only Read More

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National

Unemployment Remains at ‘Status Quo’

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As lawmakers battled over tax rates and budget cuts, 155,000 Americans found work in December, according to the latest jobs report from the Labor Department. The gains were right in line with the average of 153,000 Read More

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Op-Ed

Mentoring, Hard Work, and the Hook-Up

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   How will African Americans improve our situation in 2013? Right now, we have higher unemployment than any other population in our nation, less wealth, higher school dropout rates, and more crime in our communities.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Read More

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National

Black Unemployment Drops Faster than for Whites

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Black unemployment rate fell to 13.2 percent in November, down from 14.3 percent the previous month. The decrease of 1.1 percent was a sharper drop than for Whites (6.8 percent, from 7 percent in October) Read More

National

Unemployment Reaches Lowest Point Under Obama

Unemployment Reaches Lowest Point Under Obama By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After receiving poor marks for his performance in his nationally-televised debate with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, President Obama received a much-needed boost from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report Read More

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Op-Ed

Now, the Real Work Begins

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The 2012 Democratic National Convention was an exuberant celebration of President Obama, his accomplishments, and the many ways his presidency has made us better off than we were four years ago. Between a stirring and incandescent speech by First Lady Read More