Chicago Defender

Here’s Why Black Unemployment Fell In September and (Hint) Trump Has Nothing To Do With It

CHICAGO DEFENDER — The African-American unemployment rate went from 6.3 percent to 6 percent, the second lowest on record behind 5.9 percent in May, according to the U.S. Labor Department who released the report on Friday. The decline suggests that Blacks had a less tough time with finding work. However, the change was little compared to August’s job report. […read more]

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Business

Black Women See Job Prospects Improve

By Freddie Allen Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Job prospects for Black women improved in June, as they recorded better employment numbers than the other major adult groups, the latest jobs report by the Labor Department shows. The jobless rate for Black women over Read More

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

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Op-Ed

Report Card on Black America

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Some might think the annual report on income, poverty and health insurance coverage the U.S. Census Bureau released last week had a distinctly repetitive tone to it. Albeit with a few exceptions, the words “not statistically significant” aptly fit Read More

National

Black Unemployment Rate Increases

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National

Black Unemployment Best in 6 Years

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National

Black Unemployment Dips to 5-Year Low

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National

Black Unemployment Rate Falls to 11.9 Percent

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Op-Ed

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National

Unemployment for Black Women at 4-Year Low

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As job prospects for Whites and Black men have slowed or stalled completely, Black women continue to gain ground in a weak labor market, according to the latest jobs report. “Over the last few months, Black Read More

National

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Op-Ed

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Op-Ed

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Op-Ed

Black Unemployment has not Improved

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